Growmama Roundup: Ramadan Traditions

We asked our GrowMama writers this question:  What are your family Ramadan traditions?

S writes:

” On the eve of Ramadan we bake crescent cookies with the children. That’s their first Ramadan smell. As a family we put up some Ramadan decorations. I’ve collected some of their Ramadan crafts over the years and I hang them up around the house along with some white flowered garlands that I bought from Michael’s. The kids love to see their old crafts. About an hour before sunset, we sit as a family, eat the cookies with milk and discuss our individual and family  Ramadan goals. We write them on a big poster board and then as a family we decorate it with stickers and drawings. It becomes the family Ramadan poster. The calm of sunset sets in, we get ready for salah and make a special dua asking Allah (swt) to bless our Ramadan and give us the strength to worship Him in the best manner. ”

C writes:

“We keep it simple. By eating a semi-raw (cooked vegetables or meats once a week) diet, we make food a very low priority and everyone can participate. Usually we make it to one huge iftar and do the rest at home for increased family time and worship.”

M writes:

“We try to make the moments between asr and maghrib a time of peace and worship. The hunger pangs are strongest then for me, so I need to increase my spirituality to make it through the day and usually I’m too pooped to cook or clean anyway. I read Quran with the kids, tell stories from the Prophet’s life, pile on the couch to make dua and talk about Allah (swt) or Paradise, play Quran CDs and listen to inspirational messages, or very often we head over to the masjid and spend the last part of the day whispering and reading in the empty masjid with the late-afternoon sun pouring through the windows. This afternoon worship time gives our Ramadan days a gentle rhythm that is different from the rest of the year. ”

Tell us about your Ramadan traditions in the comments!

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  • Dalal

    I especially like the idea of reflecting the night before Ramadan on the upcoming month.Thanks for sharing moms!

  • mahaezz

    I did this for Eid, but I may try doing it for Ramdan too this time–what about having a Ramadan “Playlist” that you play every year throughout the month with nasheeds and dua, so that the children memorize certain songs and sounds and supplications. When they get older, those same sounds will remind them of the ramadan’s of their childhood.

  • suma

    I love the Ramadan poster idea and the quiet afternoons in the masjid.

    When my children were younger we would always go out and sight the moon…even taking hot chocolate during the cold Ramadan sightings. This was my dh’s joy and it certainly rubbed off on my children when they were young. We stopped doing it as our children became older..not as much interest…so when we start a tradition we may have to tweek it a bit to keep it going as our children grow. I think something like going to a restaurant for ice cream or even dinner after the moon sighting and before prayer would keep the tradition alive with older kids…everyone likes to eat out, right?

  • Fatima

    Suma, did you ever actually sight the crescent? And did you have to travel anywhere with high elevations for this tradition? Hoping to do something similar this year inshaAllah and looking for your tips! Timing, etc. Jak! One tradition that we started a couple of years ago is to stuff dates with nuts and present them as gifts to the grandparents. I love the idea of getting reward for feeding a fasting person, and starting with those closest to us in this reward. In the past we also tried to go to the masjid every day for taraweeh, and the girls loved that, but this year will probably be different b/c of our 4 month old.

  • suma

    Fatima…yes, we did sight the moon..or at least we think we did :)….astronomy is a hobby of my dh so I suppose he knows a bit more about where and what to look for than the causal sighter. You don’t need high elevations… a clear field will do…
    you just need to be able to see the horizon.

  • UmmNRZ

    Would like a recipe for the crescent cookies please ;) Maybe we’ll bake them for Eid inshaAllah.