Blessed Ramadan people!
Every year in Sweden it's the same. There are always two groups of people who decide to start fasting on seperate days resulting in two different Eids. What's the deal?
This year is no different. I got a call from a friend who tells me Ramadan is on Saturday in England, the UAE and Saudia Arabia. Our Grande Mosque in Stockholm have also said they are fasting tomorrow. I checked around with a couple of other people and even Pakistani Television announced that it starts tomorrow.
Then we have this one little group. A group of Pakistani Uncles involved in the tablighi jamaat that happen to run a masjid my father frequents.
Me: Dad everyone is fasting tomorrow (Saturday).
Dad: No no, I just spoke to Uncle so and so and he said it is on Sunday.
Me: Dad, everyone is fasting tomorrow, I am not gonna fast on Sunday.
Dad: But Uncle so and so has said...
I am fasting on Saturday, and this year it still seems that a larger majority than usual has decided to start Ramadan on Saturday which is a great improvement to last years three different Eids!
Swedish stores are now picking up on the whole Ramadan vibe and some even advertise for dates or other products under the occasion of Ramadan. A swedish newspaper has also enlisted a Muslim blogger to blog about her Ramadan experience.