Hampden Way Nursery, Southgate, London
An annual event organised to mark the traditional day of ‘Ashura’ where folk has it that Prophet Noah prepared a pudding from the last bits of food remaining on the Ark. Thousand of such bowls are prepared and distributed each year on this day by Dialogue Society supporter to friends, neighbours and the public in general to initiate and strengthen intercultural and intercommunal ties.
Volunteers and supporters are provided with a double fronted A5 card, which explains the origin of Noah’s Pudding, its recipe and the custom among Muslims to share this with neighbours and friends. Its purpose is to counter any reluctancy felt among first generation Muslims whose English is their second language. The idea is that the pudding bowl is presented with this card on top.
In its fourth year running, families have started to give out puddings to teachers and parents at their children’s school, neighbours living a few houses away and colleagues at work. Many volunteers explain that nearing that time of the year, people start asking for their puddings.
To open up communities towards one another and facilitate community cohesion at the grassroot level. To get neighbours to finally break-ice, acquintants to become friends, and people to engage with one another.
Ashura - Noah's Pudding at Hampden Way Nursery