I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our staff, and especially our Muslim colleagues who have been observing Ramadan over the past 4 weeks, Eid Mubarak or Happy Eid!Eid al-Fitr (or ‘little Eid’) also called the ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast’ is religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan. (There is another Eid celebration (Eid al-Adha or ‘big Eid’) which will take place at the end of July/early August, which goes on for 4 days.)
The date for the start of any lunar month varies based on when the new moon is sighted by local religious authorities, so the day of celebration varies by locality. For some Muslims, Eid al-Fitr will begin on 23rd May, for others it may not begin until 24th or 25th May.
The message of Eid al-Fitr is a celebratory one, being a day of thankfulness for having patience and opportunity of another year. This year, more than most, we have all had to be very patient and if we and our loved ones remain healthy and well, we have much to be thankful for.
As we breathe a little easier, with signs that the hold of the COVID-19 virus may be on the decline, I hope you will join me in being thankful for our NHS and all our amazing colleagues, not just at Combined Healthcare but across the UK, and health workers globally too.
As this is the month for giving and sharing, our Trust Executives, supported by the Organisational Development team, thought we would like to share a little something with you all. Eid Staff Wellbeing Boxes are being distributed to our colleagues who are physically in work at this time. Please enjoy these gifts of chocolates, dried dates (a traditional food to break the fast) and flavoured water (colleagues who have been fasting will possibly have found not being able to have a drink all day even harder than abstaining from food) with your team colleagues, taking particular care to ensure that colleagues who will be celebrating at the weekend receive something either in the workplace or at home if they are not physically in work at the moment.
On behalf of the Trust’s Executive team, I would like to thank everyone for their truly monumental efforts to keep things going over recent challenging weeks and wish you all a very Happy Eid.
Director of Workforce, OD and Inclusion