We are written from the Tallamar flat (Resilis Foundation) in Palafrugell to explain their participation in the first popular Iftar in the town. Much more than a sample of Arab culture! Read our colleagues, they explain it below:
“The Group of References for Coexistence is formed by volunteers with the purpose that, from the citizens themselves, work to reach higher levels of coexistence in the municipality”
On May 30, Pis Tallamar collaborated in the celebration of the First Popular Iftar in Palafrugell. An event organized by some of the members of the Group of References for coexistence of Palafrugell, with the collaboration of all Muslim associations, shops of the town, dozens of individuals, including the Tallamar Flat, and the Area of Social Welfare and Citizenship of the City Council.
The Group of References for Coexistence is formed by volunteers with the purpose that, from the citizens themselves, work to reach higher levels of coexistence in the municipality, creating more spaces of meeting, relationship and contact in order to work together against injustices.
“Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim lunar calendar, consists of keeping fasting from dawn to sunset”
One of the references and also educator of the Tallamar Flat –Fatima Dkiouak- explains: “our purpose has been that, through interculturality, Iftar is made known to be such a significant fact for the Muslim community during the month of Ramadan, in addition, we wanted to show part of Arab culture through traditional Moroccan gastronomy, henna workshop and calligraphy. During the presentation, what we wanted to convey is that Palafrugell wants to be diverse but as a single people and that together we fight against any hate speech!, because in the end what is important is not where you come from or how you are, but where you are going. And on May 30, with the participation of more than 400 people, we showed that there are many of us who go in the same direction as wanting to make a town that lives together, a town where we all have room”
Ramadan, the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar, consists of keeping fasting from dawn to sunset, which is when iftar is carried out, which deals with the dinner breaking fasting. It is a month blessed by Muslims and Muslims and symbolizes discipline, self-control and solidarity.
In order for the dinner to take effect, during the event there was a great community collaboration, where the young people of the Tallamar Flat were not missing. The young people together with the Director of the Flat, participated in the assembly of tables, preparation of trays, and dinner service to the attendees. A great opportunity to make themselves known to the neighbors of the municipality and where they have received them with great gratitude and congratulations for the work done.
An event attended by more than 400 people, including politicians from the municipality such as the Councilor, acting as Social Welfare, Roser Massaguer; the Director of the Territorial Service of Work, Social Affairs and Families in Girona, Marta Casacuberta; the Technician referring to Girona of the Secretariat ‘Equality, Migrations and Citizenship, Pere Cortada, among others.
“During the event there was a great community collaboration, where the young people of the Tallamar Flat were not missing”.
The Director of the Tallamar Flat –Coral Gallardo- participated as a volunteer personally and as a reference for young people. It explains the following: “this Iftar has been a great opportunity to participate in an activity together with other entities of the municipality of Palafrugell, which have welcomed us so well. The collaboration of the young people of the Apartment has been excellent and has meant a possibility to make themselves known, showing the positive skills they have. The valuations received allow to enhance your participation in future events.”
Below are some of the opinions of the young people of the Tallamar Flat who collaborated, as well as some of the educators who attended and lived the celebration:
“I was surprised by the multitude of people gathered from different cultures and how the autochthonous culture was encouraged to become Henna in their hands, giving value to Moroccan art and culture. I was also surprised by the great participation of youth serving at the tables, being attentive to what the attendees required. I think that in this way very positive values are encouraged for new generations such as generosity, equality and respect for difference. I think this popular dinner represents one of the small/great acts that promote peace between people from different countries and a model of what society could become if we all did a grain of sand, from attitudes of comprehension and tolerance. For me it was nice to experience this in the first person and even more so to see how the young people in the flat showed an attitude of service and collaboration for the event to work. For me this is the path that we should follow as human beings so that this world ceases to be a world of struggle, fear and power, to become a world where we can live in peace without giving up who we are. In the end, knowledge is what helps to lose fear of the different.” – opinion of educator Estefania Ruano.
“A great day because we work together and a lot of people who would ayudar.” -opinion of the MB
“What I’m more likely to be struck by is the “SHARE.” Ver people of different cultures together that conocier the nuestra.” -opinion of the MO