Marhaba and Welcome to my Ramadan Series!
Please check back for updates, as I’ll update this over the course of Ramadan and on a yearly basis as my Ramadan journey with my family grows.
Ramadan for me before children…was an entire month dedicated to praying… praying plus a lot more family time than usual. We would get up in the early hours as a family to eat before dawn, despite our different timetables and work/school commitments…..it always resulted in much laughter and exhausted giggles! Late nights post-prayer munchies always meant we pulled out the board games and more exhausted giggles….we spent a lot of time together as a family, that is central to Ramadan, a community, familial spirit. But in the end it always felt like it was an exciting countdown to Eid, a great day with the family, where we got dressed up, exchanged gifts and best yet the most delicious selection of FOOD!
Since I moved to the Middle East, I’ve experienced Ramadan from a different perspective. People actually crave and look forward to this month, the whole country changes, this joy and celebration of the month is something very new to me. After 8 years in the desert, I’ve finally grasped the concept of it, and I’m determined to create the joy and excitement for my boys too! Here are some ideas how…
Advent calendars are great to introduce the concept of excitement of Ramadan, it requires some preparation but it’s a great way of sharing a daily Ramadan story/reminder with a treat!
Crafts and activities
Crafts for me are a way to engage and create all the different skills that children are learning and bring a Ramadan theme to them.
Click here for ideas – PS. It’s never too early to start making Eid cards!
My boys love story time, click here for some Ramadan special stories that you can read over and over again
Acts of Kindness
Together with your children prepare and give neighbors little Iftaar plates, these are a great way of fostering that community feeling.
If you are brave enough then do participate in charity drives during the month or make your way to a mosque and share water, fruits and savouries with those breaking fast.
Where is your beautiful tepee from its beautiful?..