Another year, another Ramadan! As a kid, this was always one of my favorite times of year. I thought that was just because I grew up in Africa and that it could never be the same here in America. We are so busy all the time and it’s just not a cultural norm here. As a mom, once my girls reached an age where they were conscious of holidays and celebrations, I started to realize that I could create a special experience around Ramadan for them, even here in the U.S. There are so many other competing celebrations throughout the year, why shouldn’t they enjoy Ramadan and Eid? I’m happy to say that we have been *successfully* making Ramadan special for the past few years and my girls love it!
As usual, I like to give a little background on why Ramadan is special. It is a time for spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and an opportunity to strengthen our relationship with our faith. We prepare weeks in advance for a month of fasting. Preparing for Ramadan can involve a lot things, including mentally preparing to fast, setting personal goals for the month, and stocking up on the food that we’ll eat before and after fasting. We also engage in acts of charity and volunteering during Ramadan, so it can be a time to plan for giving back to our community. Being that I am pregnant this year, I don’t plan to fast personally but there are so many other ways for me to be involved in Ramadan, and one way is for me to make it as special as I can for my family!
So as is tradition, I am sharing some of my tips, tricks, decorations and inspiration for this year’s festivities! I hope you enjoy and I wish you a happy Ramadan and Eid!
My Ramadan 2023 Decorations
For the first time ever, I have gathered all of my Ramadan decorations and put them in an Amazon list to make it easier for you to find them. Decorating has easily become my favorite part of planning the Ramadan festivities. I go big because why not?! It’s such a warm feeling to wake up in the morning or look around at iftar (dinner time) and see our house beautifully decorated. I have bought all my items and started setting them up. Now, I’m just waiting for the balloon arch to be installed and a few other final touches. Once all of that is complete, I will share the final decor reveal. In the meantime, here is some inspo!
My Ramadan 2023 Tips
- Make a weekly menu
- Deep clean the house
- Clean your fridge and freezer before the start of Ramadan
- Cook stews in advance and freeze them
- You can even chop veggies like onions and garlic ahead of time and store them in Ziploc freezer bags
- Buy meat in bulk
- Map out your schedule with your family
- Decorate early
- Plan your charity
- If you can’t be home on time for iftar, make sure you pack yourself a good meal
- Keep water and dates or another snack in your car