Being born and bred in the Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country, I’ve never experienced Ramadan. It was only relevant to me when the government declared special non-working holidays during Eid, which makes us jump for joy especially if weekends are extended.
Soooo I have very little knowledge and know how about the Ramadan practices, both accepted and abhorred. I even posted some queer Ramadan questions to The Husband and new found Dubai friends (Waving to all FIA people!). Here’s a sampler of them questions:
- Since people are not allowed to eat AND drink before sunset, are groceries / supermarkets closed to the public before sunset? Just a backgrounder: Restaurants are only open after sunset. So that was clear. But when The Husband and I saw a lady fill up (or rather overload) her SUV with 6-grocery carts worth of stuff. OMG! That’s when I thought about the question.
- Are we allowed to post on our blogs during Ramadan?!? People are fasting and I don’t want to be called out as a source of temptation. I just wanted to be clear so that I don’t end up offending anyone or leading somebody into breaking his / her fast.
Call me ignorant or naive, but hey, at least I did ask.
For some strange reason, I am giddy excited about my 1st Ramadan experience! It IS a first. You always get super excited for first times right?
Plus, I’ve heard about Iftar. According to Wikipedia and The Husband (is he even a reliable source of information?), Iftar is the evening meal, right after sunset, when Muslims break their 12-14ish hour fast.
Here in Dubai, a lot of hotels and restaurants take advantage of Iftar to cater to the needs of Muslims about to break their fast and fill up their stomachs in preparation for another fasting day.
These Iftars are not exclusive to Muslims, so they also cater to non-Muslim customers like The Husband. He’s had his fill of a number of Iftar dinners in the past 3 years here in Dubai, and he wants me to experience the Iftar too. Ohhhhhh! Just the thought of having my 1st Iftar makes me giddy excited and my tummy grumble! Harharhar! Iftar dinners (is this redundant or what?) here I come!
And we just heard on the news this morning that Ramadan officially starts tomorrow. So Ramadan Kareem to everyone!
Dear Muslim foodie friends, pls do feel free to comment on my post. I would love to learn more about Ramadan since this is my very 1st one ever Ramadan Kareem!
Delirious about delicious,