Different Ramadan Manifestations in Arabian Countries
Ramadan is known as the most important month for Muslims around the world. It is the month of tolerance, spirituality, gaining new good habits, and getting rid of bad habits.
Ramadan is not just a month of fasting, Iftar and Suhoor meals, and night prayers. Muslims across the world have found ways to express their love for this holy month in different manners.
The love language in this month appears in specific delicious food, beautiful embroidered outfits, and Khayamiya decorations at homes and on the streets.
Al-Khayamiya is a type of decorative applique textile developed in Egypt and historically used to decorate tents across the Middle East. Nowadays it is used in lanterns, pillows, tablecloths, or sometimes on clothes too.
The dazzling side is that not only Muslims celebrate the manifestations of joy in Ramadan but also, non-Muslims celebrate with them in Muslim and Arab countries.
Youth and children celebrate by hanging lanterns, lights, and Khayamiya decorations on the streets. You will hear traditional religious songs related to Ramadan from shops whenever you walk. People, regardless of religion, salute each other during the holy month.
Ramadan month is known for the gathering of family and friends, especially in Suhoor and Iftar. Friends enjoy celebrating together in Ramadan night tents, eat, play, and watch series and programs together.
Spreading charity and love are common during this month. Rahman's tables or “Mawa'ed Al-Rahman” are one the precise manifestations. The idea of Mawa'ed Al-Rahman is that people prepare food for people in need to have their Iftar and Suhoor at no cost.
Mosques, Churches, and people prepare these tables in the streets. They cook and prepare food so pedestrians can sit and eat whatever they want during Iftar and Suhoor times.
Furthermore, another manifestation of Ramadan is that if you get back home late during the Maghrib Azan (Iftar time), you will always find people distributing water, milk, and dates to anyone on the street. Some Christians do this too to help Muslims to Iftar until they reach their homes.
During Suhoor, you will find the “Mesaharati,” a man with traditional clothes who hits his drum to wake people up for Suhoor. Children like to walk with him and ask him to call their names while playing on a drum.
Not only do people celebrate Ramadan, but also local and international brands prepare exclusive campaigns during Ramadan. During Ramadan, consumer purchase behavior increases for food and clothes. Therefore, brands rush to reap profits and achieve several objectives between sales and brand awareness.
Media and TV have a critical period in Ramadan. Media production companies prepare unique content for Ramadan between TV commercial ads, non-governmental organizations, charity organizations advertisements, series, and programs.
We believe in diversity. Cultural differences make us strong and creative. Visiting Arabian countries, especially during Ramadan, brings happiness and joy to anyone on the street.