Celebrating Ramadan with Kids

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).

Victim of Societal Pressure? Fix it!

Why is it that to be a woman we must be so many things? She has to be beautiful, funny, strong (but not too strong), successful (but not that successful), and maternal (because what are you if you do not want babies?). Women, since ages have been the victim of Societal Pressure.

We have to be above all (but not above him), smart (but not smarter than him). Not only that, but we also have to adopt our own opinions and views. But, when there are men around that disagree, we have to shut the hell up.

Or accordingly, they will treat us as a threat. From the time we were little girls, we were put to believe that looks are the thing we should only be concerned about. Society judges us on the way we look, rather than our ability to do or achieve something. 

They yearn for our looks rather than brain….Here are some ridiculous Societal Pressures a lady faces.

What are those Pressures???

1. You are “Responsible “!!!

Girls are not just judged by appearance, but also by how we have our life held up. No, you cannot look messed up. You are a girl who is supposed to have everything figured out in your life, and also be able to make people around you feel so. IT IS YOUR DUTY Honey

2. On Point…ALWAYS!!!

 We are surrounded by certain societal expectations and specific molds that girls should fit in to. Girls have to always be looking good, besides living up to those expectations. It’s so common in our society, that even if a lady gets that belly post baby she is supposed to look as pretty and effortlessly flawless as a MODEL...

3.Be Happy!! No Matter What..

You have to put a smile on your face. You cannot groan, or complain. You have to always be happy and content, or you will be labelled as annoying, always-whining, or ungrateful.

If you are not grinning from ear to ear, people will ask ” Are you OK?” or ” What’s wrong? What if nothing is wrong? What if I am totally fine? 

 Bottomline, to be happy is OK, to be sad is OK, or even not to show any feelings at all is also OK. Don’t let society push you. Be honest with your feelings. At a very young age, girls start to feel the need to stand out and accept the pressures of womanhood, just to please the society around them.

4. Look at those heavy buldges hanging around..

She has to be pretty. No matter what…No one understands whether you have been suffering a hormonal issue or its just that you have given birth to a baby..

How can you deal with it?

1. Choose your team..

This might be a bit diificult and a manipulative task for you. Not coming under anybody’s influence, but having minority of people in your life who can provide you unbiased suggestion or direction helps.

Now, why did I say Manipulative? It might get a bit tough while choosing your own crowd ( parents, Siblings, or a stranger), Since we get very hypocritical when choosing the right people.

2. Be proud & Content.

Whatever the choices maybe, we should be satisfied and content that they are for our betterment. We should be happy and proud of them. But according to my Rulebook, I believe that even if our decisions do not turn out to be the best for us, they still leave us with memories, wisdom and The Lessons for Life. Which can later on help us a lot in making better choices in our life. Isn’t It? Either way, it”s a win -win situation.

3.Warm up those Cold Feet.

There’s always a fear instilled in our minds, especially when you know there are people just waiting for you to fall. But when such thoughts strike, remember the fact that YOU ARE A HUMAN & HUMANS ARE ALLOWED TO MAKE MISTAKES!!

It’s true whatever decisions you make, people do always have an opinion about it. Opinions are according to their moods and mindset (good or bad) but if you are doing something that might make you the black- sheep of the crowd, it might make you a TRENDSETTER too!!!!