With spring in the air and the weather warm enough for a relaxed dress code calling for shorts, a belt and polo shirts on Friday, April 14, Delbarton’s community gathered for a celebration of faith. This year, Easter, Passover and Ramadan occurred during the same week. This special overlap only happens three times a century as members of our community from all different backgrounds came together and had the opportunity to fast for one day in solidarity with other members of our community for this year’s Interfaith Fast and Feast event. "Fasting in the Islamic tradition traces its lineage directly from practices in Jewish and Christian traditions such as Yom Kippur and the Lenten season, respectively. Similarly, themes of generosity, atonement, self-discipline, mindfulness of God's presence and solidarity with the poor are all key elements in Islamic fasts, much as they are in Catholicism and the other monotheistic traditions practiced by various members of our community," said Mr. Zack Tabor in an email to Delbarton faculty and staff inviting them to join in on the Fast and Feast.
At Delbarton, students can take Arabic taught by Mr. Tabor to fulfill their world language requirement. While immersing themselves in this course, in addition to language skills, students acquire insight into aspects of Arab cultures and societies. Along with Global Delbarton trips to the Middle East, like the excursion to Jordan that took place during spring break, students are able to experience a different culture and lifestyle.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is a holy month of fasting. During Ramadan, devout Muslims fast through daylight hours, from dawn to sunset. For several years, Tabor's Arabic classes have chosen to fast communally for one day during Ramadan. This year, members of our community got involved to plan a unique event, the Delbarton Interfaith Fast and Feast which began at dawn over Zoom for a Suhoor meal.
The fasting began, and continued until sundown, then concluded with a celebratory feast in the Garden where attendees listened to remarks from Fr. Michael O.S.B., students, parents and Mr. Tabor.
From savory bites to sweet desserts, this unique event was a night filled with brotherhood, community and delicious food. A big salute to DAP and the Arabic Club for collaborating to make this event happen, to all our hardworking parent volunteers and to our DEIB coordinators for bringing our community closer!