Ramadan, the blessed month in the Islamic calendar, is more than halfway done. In fact, we are now within the last 10 days of Ramadan which are considered to be the most precious out of the 30 days of fasting.
Growing up, Ramadan for many of us was about waking up in the wee hours of the morning to eat the early morning meal (“Suhoor” in Arabic, “Sehri” in Urdu), joining family and friends for dinners (“Iftar” or “Iftari”) and of course the post-Ramadan celebrations of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Now, it would be nice to pass on some of those traditions to our children. Granted, Mister and Missy are only 2.5 years old this summer, but they’re old enough to get excited about birthdays and holidays. In fact, they have mastered the Happy Birthday song and know all about cake.
This year, I was inspired to get creative and “dress up” our home to welcome Ramadan… partly for them, and partly for me to get into the Ramadan spirit.
After doing some searching on sites like Pinterest, Facebook and Google, I got inspired to print out a colourful “Ramadan Mubarak” (Happy Ramadan) banner for hanging off our mantelpiece. I used this one from Ramadan Joy (made by Sakina Designs)
Next I cut out some paper lanterns following instructions from blogger Sugarcake Diary. Mister and Missy happily decorated these homemade lanterns.
For the banister I wrapped thick, multi-coloured ribbon around it like tinsel. And of course, there are the gold star decorations which I bought from Christmas clearances past (anyone else buy Christmas decorations and use them year-round?)
I had shipped the kids out to Grandma’s while all this decorating was going on. When Mister and Missy came home their reaction was “Wow, niiice” and “Star!” By the next day they didn’t take notice anymore. So much for that… Guess the Eid decor will need to be more flashy?
Despite M&M’s short-lived enthusiasm, I decided to complete the look and give it more sophistication by adding these pretty white metal lanterns from Pier 1 Imports, et voila! Sweet and simple.
May your Ramadan be just as sweet.