Throughout the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world observes fast from the dawn-to-dusk soon after citing the new moon at the start of the lunar month. Ramadan stands as the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, believed to be the month when the first verses of Quran were revealed to Prophet Muhammed. Read on to find out more about more on Ramadan.
1. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar
It is believed that the central text of Islam, the Quran, was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad during Ramadan, which begins and ends according to the moon, meaning Ramadan moves 10 or 11 days forward each year.
2.Muslims take part in the fast to bring them closer to God and to their community – the evening iftar meal is often shared with friends and family. Fasting is about learning self-discipline and generosity.
3. Muslims often break the daily fast with three dates and then a prayer called the Maghrib prayer. Followed by a meal called as iftar, which is often a buffet-style large meal.
4.There are 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, but they have vastly different fasting times during Ramadan because it follows the hours of daylight. In Iceland, for example, there are more than 21 hours of daylight, while a daily fast in Australia might only be 11 hours. Muslims in Polar Regions of continuous daylight can adjust to the hours of their nearest city, or they can follow the fasting hours of Mecca.
5. The iftar canon is one of the several traditional icons that mark the holy month of Ramadan. The canon is fired at sunset, signalling the time to break the fast. Legend says this practice has been in place since the Mamluk period, during the Islamic dynasty’s reign over Egypt. The tradition became a common Ramadan ritual since 865AH (1450 AD). This tradition later spread to the Levant region, until it finally reached the Gulf with Kuwait.
6.The end of Ramadan is marked by the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which heralds the beginning of the next lunar month, Shawwal. Fasting ends and Muslims praise God for helping them through the previous month.
How to organize a Perfect Iftar Party
The prospects of throwing an Iftar party can be both overwhelming and daunting. Preparing food items for iftar while you are fasting can be tough. The fear of inadequately treating your guests over iftar often keeps people restrained from holding a get together. To take off pressure, we are sharing some of the tips for you to throw a perfect iftar party without taking so much stress. So, take a cue or two from these tips and enjoy your next iftar party.
1.Focus on fresh ingredients: Food is one of the primary elements of any party. Since an Iftar spread is the most important meal of the day, keep it very healthy. Let the ingredients be the focus of this meal. Opt for fresh fish, crunchy greens, wholesome salads, air-fried kebabs and other dishes that are satisfying yet nutritious.
2. Do something different: If you want to host an outstanding Iftar party, then you’ll have to think outside of the box and try some new ideas. People often get bored of going to the typical buffet dinner after a few weeks. Be sure to do something different like picking a theme, setting up live bbq stations or plan a more intimate 5-course meal at home.
3. Reinvent traditional foods: Wondering whether you should go for traditional foods or include something new in the menu? Why not do both! Consult your chef and present traditional foods in a fresh way. For example, you could ask your caterer to prepare some Vimto jelly or create an unusual date cake for the guests.
4. Give your guests a goodie bag: To make sure that your guests remember your Iftar party after they leave, give them little goodie bags with treats like date sweets and chocolates to take home with them. You can even add small souvenirs such as keychains and bookmarks to the goodie bag. You could even consider hiring a professional photographer for your event, to make sure that you have amazing photos of your guests and food.
5.Remember to decorate: The surest way to enhance the ambience of your event and dazzle your guests is to go the extra mile by decorating the venue. Get some fresh flowers and candles for each table. Consider installing golden lights to create a cosy ambience, or why not add some photos of your friend group on the tables.
6. Give Back to the Community: Ramadan is a month of blessings, prayers, kindness and of course a month to give back to the society and help those who are in need. When you are calling all your friends and family members to gather at your place, use this time and gathering to give back to the society. Collect funds for a cause that is close to your heart or make plans to volunteer to help the needy people.