MAKE RAMADAN SPECIAL CELEBRATION FOR KIDS WITH DECORATIONS, GIFTS & CHARITY.
Muslims around the world celebrate Ramadan, a holy month of spiritual reflection and fasting during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Based on the phases of the moon. The fasting period begins at a different time each year based on the moon cycles. But it’s usually sometime in April or May. And when celebrating with kids, is such a joyous phase.
While fasting may sound like an extreme practice to non-Muslims, this sacrificial blessing period is filled with Self- Reflection, family celebrations, and late-night meals. If you’re celebrating the holiday kids, it’s important to instill the traditional Muslim values while also bringing a little fun into the mix.
TRADITIONAL RAMADAN PRACTICES.
During the month of Ramadan, people of Islamic faith wake up before sunrise for a small meal. And then do not eat again until the sun sets at night. After 30 days of sacrifice, families hold a three-day celebration of fast-breaking called Eid al-Fitr. Muslim kids often receive gifts and indulge in treats during the festival.
According to Islamic law, children who have not yet reached puberty aren’t required to observe fasting. Still, some families have their children participate in the fast anyway, or they find other ways to teach their kids about devotion, generosity, goodwill, and self-control. Also helping Children Fasts in Ramadan.
Whether or not your family decides to fast, participates in semi-fasts, or doesn’t fast at all.
Here are some ways for you to honor and celebrate Ramadan with kids.
Decorate your house:-.
Hang up festive Banners– I am guilty of creating banners for everything- Ramadan, Eid, birthdays – you name it! The problem for me was making sure every letter was clear and in a pretty font. When I designed the banners, I kept them simple and chic with classic burlap.
You can also build excitement for Eid al-Fitr by displaying a countdown decoration in your home. Each day Ramadan progresses, your kids can cross off a number on the calendar.
Read themed books for Children.
Children’s books, like the book, “My First Ramadan,” by Karen Katz, introduce the principles of the Muslim faith to children. Appropriate for toddlers, this board book follows one young boy as he celebrates the holiday with his family.
Teach Children Ramadan Greetings.
During Ramadan, faithful Muslims greet one other by saying “Ramadan Mubarak.” This greeting, which means “blessed Ramadan,” . It is just one traditional way that people welcome friends during this holy time.
You can add some fun to chance encounters by teaching your kids a more eloquent salutation. Like “Kul ‘am wa enta bi-khair,” which means, “May every year find you in good health.”
Involve Kids in Meal Preparation.
Cooking is the best way to create the perfect backdrop for discussing all things Ramadan.
Plus, it teaches your children how to prepare traditional dishes at the same time. Ask your kids to help make the meal each iftar during Ramadan. The memories they’ll form while cooking traditional Ramadan recipes create an anticipated excitement. Knowing about the Rewards from Allah as they had a hand in feeding the hungry family.
Instill the value of Sadaqa.
Encourage your children to provide a service for others. Saving money for the needy during the month of Ramadan. And make it a family affair!
For instance, take the money you’d spend on a cup of coffee each day and plop it into a jar. Showing your commitment to your children’s cause. Together, create a Money Jar that hangs over the donation as a reminder.
Enjoy the Festive Eid-ul-Fitr.
Otherwise known as “Eid,“ Eid Al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan with a Three-day celebration. That includes Family gathering to view the new moon with loads of excitement, neighborhood fairs, visits to amusement parks, and eating special sweet treats made with Vermicilli.
Decorating our Houses with flowers along the aroma & fragrance of Incense sticks. Ladies and girls paint their hands with heena tatoos to Enhance their beauty.
Maybe You can even invite some non-Muslims to your party so your kids. They can take part in their traditional family celebration alongside friends (while also teaching them ancient customs).