Ramadan Habits Posted by aziza on Aug 23, 2009 in Culture
Today is the second of Ramadan in the Hijri year 1430. Nabeel kindly commented on my previous post and gave a more accurate definition for fasting as “Fasting means willing abstention from eating, drinking and satisfaction of certain demands of the flesh, from predawn to sunset.”
In fact, this alerted me that I mentioned briefly that Ramadan is a very spiritual time of the year without explaining in which ways. In Ramadan, Muslims should not only give up food and drink, but also give up bad habits and conducts, e.g. telling lies, making jokes at others, gossip, etc. People are ordered to give up any act that might harm others no matter how small. Of course people should do that all year round, but in Ramadan people tend to be more careful about what they say and do, and they tend to pay more attention to worshipping and be more obedient to God’s orders.
People celebrate Ramadan and enjoy it. If you live in an Arab country, you will find a lot of manifestations of these celebrations, often people decorate the mosques with lights, and also decorate their homes and streets. Parents usually buy lanterns for their kids called (فانوس), which are only used in Ramadan. In the past, when I was a kid, we used to put a small candle inside it, but now they all come with a small lamp. We visited relatives and friends and sang special songs for Ramadan, and we used to get a lot of money and candy during these visits. Nowadays, most lanterns come a small microphone that does the singing as well!
Ramadan has its own special foods like (خشاف) which is made up of dried fruits like dates, apricots, prunes, raisins, etc. soaked with water and milk, and a lot of special patries and sweets like baklava (بقلاوة) , konafa (كنافة) and katayef (قطايف). I will put pictures of them below. Each country has its own special Ramadan foods.
Ramadan has some very special things, like (مدفع الإفطار) which is a traditional cannon that makes a loud noise at sunset to alert people to the time to break their fast. It is usually shown on television
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