Ramadan is about to begin in Egypt and around the world. A month of Muslim fasting, during which from dawn to dusk you don’t eat, drink, smoke or have sex and you do try to be a really good person.
What is Ramadan
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. During this month, the revelation of the Holy Quran began. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. Ramadan 2021 is expected to start on April 13th and last until May 12th.
Why year after year we look forward to start Ramadan and we are sorry when it comes to an end?
It may seem very strange indeed. After all, the fasting month, during which we do not eat or drink anything for the whole day, should be the time that we wish to pass away fast. But Ramadan is a special time for us. Unique. The entire order of the day and life priorities are reevaluated. We spend more time being together. We help each other more.
Can you imagine taste of glass of water after long day without even one drop of water? Or an ordinary date, when you bite it after more than twelve hours with nothing in your mouth.
Our family have flexible working hours. So we don’t have to wake up at dawn. We don’t have to go out in the sun. Usually, we go for a family walk after the first meal. Streets that are empty all day long are then filled with families like ours.
Who is fasting during Ramadan?
First of all those who want to fast fast. As a rule, healthy adult Muslims who are not traveling are required to fast. But even teenagers often want to fast with their families. Travel is also not an excuse for everyone to stop fasting. So is the disease.
Wishes for Ramadan
The most popular wishes are “Ramadan Kareem” or “Happy Ramadan”, to which the reply is “Allahu Akram”. We wish practically every Muslim. Not only family and friends, but also salesmen, taxi drivers and customers.
Meals during Ramadan
During Ramadan, there are two main meals during the day: one after sunset (after the Maghrib prayer) – iftar, and the other, before dawn and the first Fajr prayer – suhur. In many families, the first meal begins with dates. We love dates in milk and it is indeed usually just with them that we break our fast. After that, we usually eat standard moloheja dinner , chicken, rice, halla kebab, pasta bechamel, mahshi etc.
During Ramadan, various drinks are very popular in Egypt, such as hibiscus tea – karkade, licorice drink – arusus, coconut sobia, apricot amar el din or Indian tamarindi. For years, before going to bed during Ramadan, I drink at least two glasses of tea with lemon and thanks to this I do not feel thirsty for most of the day.
Holidays after Ramadan
After Ramadan, begins Eid Al Fitr – muslim holiday. This year it is likely to start on May 13th. Hurghada’s streets and hotels will be full of celebrating Egyptians. And I will write about this holiday in a separate post.
Do you have any questions about Ramadan? Maybe you were in Egypt during Ramadan or another Muslim country on vacation? Did you feel the difference? Or maybe you, or your relatives, also celebrate Ramadan? Share your experiences and reflections on that time in the comments.