Ramadan is a very special time of year for all Muslims around the world. It’s that time of the year when the stomach is empty but the heart and soul are being fed. We’ve gathered a few ideas for you to celebrate and honour this holy month and also to make it easier.
Decorate your house: Ramadan is not about showing what you possess, it’s about fasting, praying, empathizing for people in need, and being more spiritual. But decorating your house could bring joy to your home, especially if you have little children. You can easily create a few DIY decoration pieces with your little ones. It would help them to connect more with Ramadan.
- Joyful banners: You can make DIY banners for your living room, the entrance or even for your door. Hanging colourful banners will bring immediate joy to the room. If you don’t want to spend time doing it by yourself you can find online many lovely banners to buy.
- Lanterns: Something about lights bring joy and peace to wherever you use them. Take this advantage to create a peaceful environment and decorate your garden and your house with lovely lanterns.
- Ramadan calendar: This is amazing for kids. Kids will look forward to the next day to pick their gifts from the calendar. You can make one for your kids with just a few things. Hang it on the wall, tape the gifts for each Ramadan day.
Organise Iftar dinner: This month is especially about sharing with others. Organising Iftar for your friends and family will support the Ramadan spirit. Spending the evening with your loved ones by a long dinner table prepared with love, we can’t imagine a better evening than that. Here are a quick few Iftar starter ideas for your menu.
- Cream cheese stuffed dates: In many countries, it’s a tradition to break the fast with dates. There is a good reason behind this tradition other than religion. It introduces food into the stomach gradually. Dates prepare the stomach to receive food afterwards. With this easy recipe, you can bring a different taste to dates. Mix cream cheese and honey until blended. Fill a plastic bag with the mixture. Cut small piece off one bottom corner bag. Cut dates right in the middle but not completely. Pipe the mixture into dates. That’s all!
- Summer salad: This salad is a great source of protein as well as hydrating which is good for an Iftar dinner. Prepare quinoa as you always do. In a salad bowl, mix olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Then add kale, cherries, chickpeas, chopped red onions, and artichokes. When the quinoa is ready, add it as well. Let it sit in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving.
- Feta crostini: Slice a French baguette, bake them until they are crispy. Mix cream cheese and feta cheese in a bowl. Place the mixture on top of the crispy slices, add olives of your choice. Finish it with chopped fresh basil and grated garlic.
Help people in need: This holy month is about understanding people in need and helping them more than ever. It’s not about the amount but the action. Take action and help as much as you can. You can organise public Iftar dinners if your financial situation is suitable. Or you can buy food supplies for them. Donate money, clothes or whatever they are in need of. Remember giving is worship. This Ramadan we partnered up with Eat. We are donating 10% of our Ramadan revenues to help meet the needs of underprivileged families and orphans through Al Ihsan Charity. All you have to do is to book a cleaning service via Justmop or book a table via Eat using the WECARE voucher code. Let’s give back to our community!
A few tips to have an easier and healthier fast:
Food: You have to be very careful about your diet. Never skip suhoor. It’s the most important meal. It supplies all the energy during the day. Avoid too salty, fried or too sweet food. Drink plenty of water between Iftar and suhoor. Coffee, tea and sugar drinks would make you dehydrated, try to avoid them as well. To stay hydrated during day add at least one of the following: cucumber, watermelon, strawberry, broccoli, celery, carrot, grapefruit, tomato, radish, green pepper, cauliflower, spinach.
Rest: If it’s possible, take small naps during the day. If it’s not, at least try not to overbook your calendar. Try to keep your house organised. This will limit the time you spend on house cleaning and organising. To save your energy you can book a regular maid from cleaning services.
Avoid bad breath: It’s one of the big problems people complain about. To avoid bad breath brush your teeth regularly and use a mouthwash along with toothpaste. Clean your teeth with a mistake during the day while fasting.
Ramadan Kareem to you and to your family!