On the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is the ninth month and it is the month of fasting from dawn to sunset. Food and drinks are served before dawn, known as Suhoor and after sunset, known as Iftar. The evening meals are filled with traditional celebratory foods that are light, nutritious meals containing fresh fruits, vegetables, and halal meats.
Because so many Muslims around the world observe Ramadan from a variety of countries and cultures, many types of food will be prepared, not just Middle Eastern foods.
Ramadan is a very spiritual event that forces one to truly evaluate and purify all aspects of their life. It may appear to be an individual effort, but Ramadan is essentially a holiday that encompasses and embraces family and friends. While children may be too young to fast, there are many ways to include children in the holiday.
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Ramadan Recipes Worldwide
Foods that are light and nutritious are ideal during Ramadan. Breads, soups, fresh fruits and vegetables are the perfect way to begin and end the daily fast. Dates are very significant in Ramadan and are often eaten to break the day's fast. Why are dates important in Ramadan? The story is that Muhammad broke his fast with three dates and so the tradition continues. Prayers usually follow after the dates are eaten and then comes the main meal.
There are often social gatherings for the breaking of the fast and foods served buffet style. Special desserts, often made only Ramadan, are plentiful and an important part of the festivities. They might include rich treats such as lgeimat which are crispy saffron and cardamom fritters, baklava, the popular pastry made with layers of filo dough and chopped nuts, soaked with a honey syrup, qatayef, Arabic stuffed pancakes and kunafeh, a buttery, syrup soaked and cheese filled noodle pastry.
Below you'll find a list of commonly served Ramadan foods with many links to the recipes.