Via Faten Omar
KUWAIT: Ambassador of Turkey to Kuwait Ayse Hilal Sayan Koytak spoke to Kuwait Instances about her revel in and perspectives about Kuwaiti tradition and Ramadan traditions in each nations. “In Turkey, we popularly confer with Ramadan as ‘Sultan of 11 Months’, emphasizing the divine persona of this month,” she stated.
“Muslims of Turkey know that the holy month of Ramadan involves extra than simply fasting and praying. At the person degree, Ramadan takes on a deep, religious which means, providing a good chance for introspection, mirrored image and ethical expansion. At the social degree, Ramadan reminds us of our social obligations, fills our hearts with compassion and encourages more potent bonds inside of our communities. That is the place Ramadan traditions play a specifically vital position, as they foster collective awareness and spirit of togetherness amongst us,” she added.
Ramadan may not be a muted instance because it was once within the closing two years of the pandemic for Muslims, the place traditions and rituals have in large part returned after being scaled again. “The previous two years have proven in a moderately sour means that with out traditions, Ramadan is much less happy and lacking one thing. Because of pandemic restrictions, lets now not come in combination and socialize as we wanted. We needed to undergo separation at a time when togetherness is nearly the whole thing. On the other hand, inshallah this Ramadan is other as we’re cautiously returning to the pre-pandemic days amid a promising decline in instances around the globe,” Ambassador Koytak famous.
She identified that Ramadan’s rituals and traditions don’t seem to be simply acts of pleasure or kindness – they’ve a deep social which means as nicely. That is specifically true for Kuwait, the place centuries of Ramadan traditions are very well-preserved and are nonetheless seen as a chance to deliver contributors of the neighborhood nearer. “That is my 5th Ramadan in Kuwait, the rustic I believe to be my 2nd house. I take note the primary time I noticed Ramadan in Kuwait – it was once very fulfilling to really feel at house, because of the cultural and conventional similarities between Turkey and Kuwait,” Koytak stated.
“Like Turkey, Kuwait has many gorgeous Ramadan traditions that experience stood over generations. However the preferred of those traditions is the diwaniya, which has a historical past courting again to the early 1800s,” she stated. Diwaniyas are purposefully-designed, open-to-public puts of occasion the place other people come in combination to talk about problems associated with them.
Koytak stated in Ramadan, diwaniyas have transform a point of interest for social interactions, as other people seek advice from every different in diwaniyas to switch greetings, inquire after somebody they haven’t observed for some time, and admire family members over tea or espresso. “To me, diwaniyas are symbols of Kuwaiti hospitality and generosity, which I’ve all the time liked. All guests are welcomed warmly, food and drink are served to visitors, and the host sees guests off with great phrases. I additionally admire the wealthy variety of diwaniyas the place Kuwaitis and pals of various backgrounds meet and greet every different and chat about day by day issues,” she stated.
The ambassador loves to witness Kuwaitis’ passion in her nation. “In diwaniyas, I really like to hear Kuwaitis’ reminiscences of Turkey and their long term shuttle or find out about plans. I consider diwaniyas are greater than an informal occasion. They play the most important social position in protective younger generations of Kuwaitis from being alienated from their neighborhood all through the virtual age. I’m specifically inspired by way of adolescence participation in diwaniyas. It’s great to watch that individuals in Kuwait are proud to proceed this custom,” Koytak added.