Hiya everyone! How is everyone doing today? Good, I hope! :) I've been feeling sluggish lately and maybe even lazy, which I shouldn't be feeling :( I still have a couple of letters I need to catch up on, but I just haven't had the energy. Why? Well, the reason being that I'm fasting for the Islamic holiday- Ramadan. Some of you might know about it and some of you might not know. So for those of you that don't know what Ramadan is, here it goes- Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic Lunar Calendar and everyday (from sunrise to sunset) for the whole month, Muslims are obligated to fast. Why do we fast? Well, there are many reasons: we fast to feel sympathy for the poor who don't have food/drink at all, fasting has been proven good for the body as it gets rid of all the toxins, fasting helps protect you from commiting major (and minor) sins, Ramadan is the month in which our book (the Koran) was revealed, etc. After Ramadan is a 3 day celebration called "Eid ul Fitr", in which everyone dresses in nice clothes, family and friends get together, gifts are given/received, and basically everyone has fun. From a Christian perspective, it's almost like Christmas with the concept of having fun and gifts being passed around.
Keep in mind, I am NOT the kind of Muslim you see in the media. What you see in the media isn't Islam at all! There's bad/lunatic people in all religions, but that doesn't make everybody in a particular religion a lunatic. That would be sterotyping and I don't think sterotyping is right! Anyways, I hope my fellow penpals don't let religion divide our friendship! I enjoy having all my lovely penpals! You all are such great friends (and are my only true friends other than my family)! I really hope we can all still be friends! I enjoy sending mail and receiving your mail! XOXO :)
I have sent out a couple of letters already, but as I said, I still have some catching up to do. I'll try to write some letters, but it just all depends on how I feel. I might just wait until after Ramadan (which is around August 20). I know that sounds like such a long time, but I won't let you down. I WILL reply back to all my letters, so don't worry! After Ramadan is over, I'll be able to reply to letters much quicker :)
On to what I got in the mail today- a very Rilakkumma letter from my penpal, YingYing, from the lovely island/country of Singapore! :) I just squealed when I got the letter, hehe! It's so cute! :) Thanks so much, YingYing, for your cute letter!