One of the things we love the most about Ramadan is connecting around the food we prepare, serve, and share in community! And although we can’t gather in Old Union for iftar this year, the Markaz still wants to serve you a special dish every night of the month.
At 8 PM PST every night of Ramadan, we will share a story, recipe, artwork, essay, poem, or video on Instagram (@markaztamr)that celebrates your favorite traditional (or non-traditional) meals and reflect on the emotional and spiritual resonances that we get from them. In order to curate this community offering, we are seeking submissions from you!
The first-round deadline for submissions is Friday, April 9th. Submit atbit.ly/markaztamr.Once you submit, we will be in touch with you to confirm and finalize details! All contributors will receive a $20 DoorDash gift card.
Why TAMR? TAMR stands for ‘Tastes and Memories of Ramadan’ and is the Arabic word for ‘date,’ a dried fruit which many Muslims around the world both open and break their fasts with.
Below are the types of submissions we are collecting:
Stories, Essays, Poems, & Recipes (100-500 words)
What foods remind you of Ramadan and why? Is there something special that a family member makes during Ramadan? A recipe passed down from a grandparent? Or a specific restaurant you would go to? Is there a secret recipe for a sustaining suhoor meal you want to share? What foods might you try to make this year? How do you think about food and spirituality? What are some of your favorite Ramadan food memories over the years? How have they changed?
Photos & Drawings - send us a photo and a description/reflection (150-300 words)
Are you gathering for a (virtual) iftar or suhoor? Send us photos (with the consent of everyone in the picture)! Draw or make art about the Ramadan food traditions and rituals that you love and appreciate. Are you just super proud of the burrito you made at 1 AM and want to brag? We want a picture of that too! All photos and drawings must include a description and/or reflection.
Videos (0:30-3:00 minutes)
Are you at home to cook a traditional meal with a family member and want to film a tutorial? Are you experimenting with a new recipe and want to share it? Do you want to walk us through a day in your life – but a Ramadan food edition? Film a video or TikTok and share it with us!
If you have any questions, thoughts, or suggestions about this project, please contact Faatimah Solomon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We recognize that we all have varying relationships with food, and we recognize that fasting during Ramadan can be a challenge for people with eating disorders. If you are looking for support, consider utilizing campus resources includingWell-being at Stanfordand CAPS.
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