Ramadan , the holy month of Islamic culture, binds the followers in their faith and tradition through fasting, food and festivity. Different cultures around the world has different food habits during Ramadan yet they bind the fastest growing religion and its people during Ramadan celebrations. This is the month of fasting and Muslims of all sects, although with minor differences, fast for a period of 29 or 30 days, abstaining from food or liquids during the day and only opening the fast at sunset. But when they break their fast – they do it with style.
Moroccans generally end the fast with a soup called ‘harira’. This is a rich brown soup made of lentils, chickpeas, rice and meat stock. In traditional Rabati families, the soup includes pieces of meat. However, the soup can have a fesi taste (lighter, with more tomatoes) or a Marrakechi taste (heavier, more vegetables)
2. United Arab Emirates
In the UAE, this course of events has continued through the centuries that people rush home at sunset so that they can have Iftar with their families.
3. Saudi Arabia-UAE
People of Saudi Arabia have only a small meal of dates and yoghurt, reserving the main meal for suhoor.
Iraqis end their fast with lentil soup and qamar al deen, the apricot drink popular throughout the region.
In Lebanon, as the Sun sets, Muslims rush home. Silence descends as they wait for the firing of a cannon to signal the end of the fast. Traditionally, the iftar meal begins with a glass of water and dates, fresh juice, lentil soup and fettoush salad.
Fawaneez, the colored lamps popular in Egypt, hang along the streets and khaimahs dot the landscape, with people watching chefs prepare Ramadan delicacies
Some foods are especially reserved for Ramdan and they are cooked in a special way to celebrate this occasion.
The 30-day time period of Ramadan is a time of deep reflection for Muslims worldwide. Quran, which is at the heart of Muslim faith, tradition and and civilization is revered and studied to instill the righteous thoughts and wisdom. Tell us which of these do you relate to the most. Or simply comment below to let us know if we’ve missed out on any beautiful iftaar tradition.