A Lonely Ramadan

So as a Muslim Ramadan is our holiest month, this month is also the month that I always used to look the most forward to. Back in the U.S, I had my whole family, my relatives, friends but here despite having other Muslim friends it feels really lonely. I don’t know why, but on the first day of Ramadan, I  started crying around iftar time (sunset, the time to break the fast). In my family, the first iftar of Ramadan month is usually packed with way too much food, and a lot of screaming, and laughing, but this one was quiet. I hate being alone, but somehow even with my roommates present and my friends, I felt so lonely, and for the first time since I came to Korea I am desperately missing home.

It’s the 4th day of Ramadan as I am writing this, and I am still feeling homesick, and somehow became even more clingy to my friends. It’s midterm week and all I can focus on is how much I am missing celebrating with my family. I’ve found myself thinking more about Eid, which is the big celebration after the month of Ramadan for those who don’t know. Every year my family’s Eid celebration is absolutely amazing. Even last year when everyone was in lockdown, I still dressed up and my mom made a huge variety of food. It feels me up with a new type of sadness whenever I think about Eid or talk about Eid to my mom and best friend. I want to go to Jeju Island for Eid but that’s a LOT of planning and a lot of bribing my friends, so nothing is confirmed but a girl can hope right?

My new favorite Boba place near SNU station

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