5 Creative Ideas for Celebrating Ramadan At Home
Posted on 21 April 2020
Ramadan is going to look a little different this year…
Muslims around the world are preparing for Ramadan, the ninth month on the lunar calendar, a source of spiritual healing, and one of the most anticipated times of the year. However, because of travel restrictions, holds on large gatherings and the shelter-in-place order, we approach this holy month of fasting with a bittersweet sigh. No more stuffing our purses with dates to make those last-minute shopping trips. No more bustling iftars overflowing with relatives. No more late-night congregational prayers at the masjid. And what about Eid-al-Fitr? No one said embracing the ‘New Normal’ would be easy. We understand that staying home is a small sacrifice to make to slow the spread of the coronavirus and keep our communities safe, but in times like these, it helps to remember this simple hadith:
“If you hear of an outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it; but if the plague breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place,” (Bukhari).
We're all in this together. By staying positive and thinking outside the box, you can make this Ramadan memorable and fun with our creative ideas for celebrating Ramadan at home. Now, let's get started!
Make your prayer garden glow with solar powered bistro lights.
#1 - Make a Cozy Prayer Garden
What's a prayer garden? A humble oasis in your own backyard. Bring nature a little closer to home this Ramadan by channeling your inner 'plant lady'. Flowers, string lights, patio chairs, bamboo blankets, there's no rules when it comes to designing a comfortable outdoor space for you to pray salat outdoors. You could even dig that long-awaited fire pit and roast marshmallows after Maghrib. No backyard? No problem. Decorate your balcony with potted plants and throw pillows. Not the outdoorsy type? Choose a quiet corner in your home to transform into a meditation space. The point is, make it cozy and make it yours.
Enjoy your iftar in the great outdoors! (Photo)
#2 - Have an Iftar Picnic
Now that you've setup your prayer garden, go outside and enjoy your hard work by breaking your fast under the setting sun! Fire up the barbecue grill or keep things simple with a build-your-own-sandwich platter. Relax and be mindful of the time you have to spend together with family. Before you know it, you'll be making Isha under the stars!
#3 - Share A Dua
Duas are a calming way to think of others during Ramadan. Send a virtual invite on Skype or Zoom to share a heartwarming dua with family and friends. We can't get over how easy it is to navigate the Daily Duas app from our mobile devices and send thoughtful reminders to our loved ones. If you're more of book worm, we recommend Prayers of the Pious by Suleiman Omar. A beautifully written collection, every passage is accompanied by an easy to read explanation of where each dua originated from and how you can begin your own personal dua journal.
Get crafty with colorful resources from Heidi Hansen, the creative genius behind @SweetFajr
#4 - Ramadan Crafts
We love arts and crafts, especially when they involve the entire family! If you're looking for ideas, we've dedicated an entire post to getting our kids involved this Ramadan, including a TON of free activities you can print from your home computer.
Find these cute cookie cutters and more Ramadan gifts at With A Spin
#5 - Baking Together
If you haven't tried Amany's amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe by now, it's time to break out the mixing bowl! In our home, baking together is a family tradition. We spare no expense when it comes to finding the best mix-in's from the grocery store (including walnuts, Hershey bars and M&M minis!). If you have little ones, give them each a bowl of plain dough and their choice of chocolates. If you're more of the sugar cookie type, go wild with frosting and sprinkles, especially when it comes to decorating these adorable Ramadan-themed cookies we found here (when you're all done baking, we found more ideas for what else you can do with your cookie cutters here!).
How will you be making Ramadan special at home this year? Got any creative ideas you'd like to share? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below! For more creative holiday ideas, follow our Ramadan board on Pinterest. See you next time!