I know, we’re midway through the month. Though the physical aspects of fasting have not been that bad, I have had serious brain fog. Somehow the words in my brain are having a difficult time traveling to my lips, and in this case, my fingertips. Despite the impairment, I have truly been enjoying Ramadan for the first time in many years. My kids are still too young to fast, so I am focusing on the spirit of generosity and kindness to build their faith. This countdown calendar I bought from Amazon (which is actually a cell phone holder) has treats for the three kids plus a little tidbit of knowledge. The kids have responded really well, probably because of the candy, but I like to think it’s because of the cards.
Building Spirituality as a Mom
As much as I would love to stay up all night to pray and recite Quran, it simply isn’t possible for me with the kids. I used to be really hard on myself about it, but now I set my intentions to include my acts of service as a means of worship as well. Hopefully as they get older and more independent I can incorporate those nights back into my Ramadan routine. But for now, if I can be a little more thoughtful in my prayers and read a few more pages of Quran than usual then I will consider it an improvement.
A relatively new tradition I have initiated in my family is putting up decorations. I just want my kids to be excited about Ramadan and talk about it a little more than Santa. The good thing about the decorations is that, other than the banner, they can be used for all of our holidays. I plan to keep these up through Eid, as in Eid al Adha. Those star lights were a pain to untangle. Moon and star LED lights and hanging star lights are also from Amazon. Banner is by an Etsy shop called Gupshup Greetings.
Dressing up was always a big part of Ramadan when I was a child. I’m not sure why, but we used to get really dressed up for Iftar parties. I definitely am not doing that as an adult, but it is my one month where I put my Pakistani clothes to use.
I am always so fascinated by the various Ramadan traditions around the world. What are some of yours, old or new?