Ramadan is a special time of reflection as one deepens their self-control, spirituality, and compassion for those less fortunate. Take some time this year to get your home and family celebrating the beauty of Ramadan. This special time comes but once a year, and now is your chance to embrace it before it’s gone, by decorating your home for the season.
1. Get your home ready
Get in the holiday spirit by decorating your home for Ramadan. Decorate your mantle or a shelf with festive banner and a framed print wishing a ‘Ramadan Kareem’. Use banners to adorn your front door as well. During the last 10 days, switch out your Ramadan decorations for Eid decorations as the anticipation for Eid starts to build.
2. Bring on the lights
Something about lights brings about a festive atmosphere. In some Muslim countries like Egypt, lanterns are used to welcome Ramadan. Place decorative lanterns around your home that are lit up with electric tealights, or create your own by downloading our exclusive Ramadan Lantern Project here. Use pretty string lights around your mantle place, or winding up your stair banister.
3. Create a Ramadan Display
Choose an existing table in your home such as a console table near your front entry and create a fun Ramadan display. This display can feature all your decorations, such as decorative prints, string lights, countdown posters and treat jars. This area can serve many functions such as a place for Eid presents or to lay out traditional Iftar foods each evening to break the fast.
4. Save the date
Dates are a staple during Ramadan since breaking the fast by eating a date is tradition. Bring this tradition to the forefront by placing your date supply in elegant apothecary jars or vases. A grouping of these can be used as a holiday table centerpiece or to decorate your kitchen counter.
Incorporate dates into your meals and baked goods as well to take advantage of their seasonal availability.
5. Get the kids involved
Even if kids are not fasting with the rest of the family, they should still feel included in this special time. Look for creative ways to engage them while everyone around them is curbing cravings. Enlist their help in decorating the home for Ramadan. Children can decorate their own special placemats to be used at Iftar time all month long. Also, help them make their own decorations such as garlands and artwork to hang around the home.
6. Countdown to Eid
One of the joys of Ramadan is the anticipation of Eid. Get the family excited about the arrival of Eid by keeping track of the days leading up to it with a countdown chart. You can also wrap up your Eid presents early in pretty papers and put them on display during the last 10 days of Ramadan to build anticipation.
7. Share the Love
Sharing this time with others helps get everyone in the festive spirit. Bake some treats and package them up to share with friends, classmates, co-workers and neighbors. Keep it festive at home by keeping extra treats on a platter or cake stand on the counter for drop in guests.
Throw an Iftar dinner party or Eid party at your home and send invitations to make the evening feel more special.
8. Create your own traditions
Since Ramadan spans many countries and cultures, the traditions may vary from family to family. Some families hide the gift of Eid money for the kids to find on Eid day. Try having everyone write down one thing they are thankful for each night at Iftar time and place in a jar kept on your Ramadan display. You can then bring it out the next Ramadan and read them on the first night.
Whatever you do, creating your own traditions during this time helps deepens your appreciation for this special month and creates a festive atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy.
So what are some traditions you do for a festive Ramadan? We’d love to hear your comments!
Jomana Siddiqui is a graphic designer and founder of modernEID.com, a company offering contemporary gift and partyware for Eid, Ramadan, and other occasions. As head designer and owner of stationery design studio, Pences, Jomana has been designing stationery for weddings, and special events as well as company brands since 2004.