Ramadan feasting

Ramadan comes once a year and the date moves back 10 days every year.  It lasts for one month and is a time for all practicing Muslims to fast from the break of dawn to sunset. That means they don't eat or drink from about 3:30 am to 8:30 pm during July/August this year.  Not an easy thing to do for anyone, especially when you're still working, taking care of children, and trying to keep up with the duties of life.

Breaking the fast (Iftar) is usually done in the company of friends on weekends.  In our home, Abdul eats dates, drinks water, and then prays.  Afterwards, we have a large meal because he's making up for a lost lunch and dinner at night.  I love hosting a house full of people during Ramadan.  The discussions that arise when you combine people born into different countries, religions, and traditions are interesting and enlightening to all who gather.  We always try to invite people who are non-Muslim so they can share in the experience.
Sample of Somali dishes served during Ramadan
The local newspaper did a story on cooking for Ramadan and here's the link.  http://www.jsonline.com/features/food/ramadan-is-just-part-of-familys-entertainment-schedule-gp65l15-163619256.html

And here is a youtube video the paper made that describes a bit about dinner.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEBjo0AkfEY


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