What is Ramadan ?

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Ramadan is a month of deep spiritual reflection, prayer, charity, and self-discipline. As a time-honored tradition, it is a source of both religious and cultural celebration. During this holy month, Muslims around the world abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset, while sharing meals and gifts with family and friends. The customs of Ramadan date back centuries, and are deeply ingrained in Moroccan culture. This is a special time to come together and celebrate the ancient traditions that unite us all.

This spiritual ritual is one of the five foundations of Islamic practice and is a reminder of how Allah provided for the people of the Prophet Muhammad during their time of need by sending down food from heaven known as al-Manna.

At the end of each day, families and friends reconvene to break the fast with a meal known as Iftar or in the Moroccan dialect “Ftour”. This meal is usually made up of rich and flavorful dishes.

Preparation for Ramadan is essential to ensure the full spiritual benefits of the month are experienced. This includes stocking up on groceries and food items, organizing iftar meals, and setting aside time to attend religious services. By preparing in advance, Muslims can ensure that Ramadan is a month of blessings and spiritual growth.

Although the religious lessons of Ramadan remain the same throughout the world, the Moroccan culture brings its own unique spin on how to commemorate and celebrate the holy month. During Ramadan in Morocco, the cuisine is an important part of the celebration. Every day, traditional Moroccan dishes such as harira soup and briouates, Batbout, Chebakia, and other delightful essentials are consumed at sunset. This is a time when the fasting family comes together to break their fast, share stories, and enjoy a delicious meal. In addition to the traditional dishes, many families also prepare a variety of sweets and desserts to add variety to their meals.

During this special month, many families also prepare delicious sweets and desserts to add variety to their meals. Popular desserts include Almond Briwat, Sellou, and Jouhara (a type of Pastilla sheet pastry filled with milk cream, consumed as a dessert).

After Iftar, Moroccans enjoy a late-night snack known as Suhoor. This snack usually consists of bread, olives, cheese, and other light items, such as dates, dried fruits, and nuts.

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