For those of you who don’t know, Ramadan is the Islamic holy month. It started on July 9th and will end tomorrow, August 8th. Muslims fast during Ramadan: eating and drinking nothing during the day but feasting after sundown. In Saudi Arabia it is illegal to eat or drink in public, even for non-Muslims. Which means Stephen cannot eat or drink at work (nope, not even water) unless he finds somewhere private to do so. Restaurants are closed during the day as well, so Stephen and some other guys from work go to a friends house and eat lunch there.
Other than not being able to go out to eat sometimes, it hasn’t really affected me that much. I’m home all the time anyway. We still go to the neighboring compound’s restaurant for dinner once a week, and can go out to eat in the evening after sundown.
The feasts each night are called Iftar. The company Stephen works for threw an Iftar party a couple weeks ago at a hotel here in Jubail. I don’t think I have Ever seen more food. It was a large buffet and constantly replenished. I love free food!