The holy month of Ramadan began earlier this week for devout Muslims worldwide. In Finland, the religious observance involving daytime fasting has caused a flap over meal times at a major refugee accommodation centre. Bag lunches may be the answer to the clash between religion and routine.
During the holy month of Ramadan Muslims abstain from eating during the daytime and only break their fast at night. The exceptional nighttime meal ritual has in the past disrupted meal schedules at the Metsälä refugee reception centre in Helsinki.
Residents and officials at the Metsälä reception centre have agreed to resort to packed lunches to solve the dilemma.