It’s one of the most sacred and beloved times of the year in Lebanon; the holy month of Ramadan. It’s here, with its otherworldly atmosphere of worship, family, and, of course, mouthwatering Iftar meals and suhoor.
Fasting through Ramadan is a unique experience that comes with special moments that no other month can replicate. Some of these moments are wholesome, some are appetizing, and some are utterly confusing. All of them: Unforgettable.
Here are 10 trademark experiences that every Muslim fasting has during Ramadan.
#1 Where am I…?
It takes time to get used to being woken up at 3:30 AM to eat.
After dozens of attempts to wake you up, a family member leads you to the kitchen by the hand, where you proceed to sit down and contemplate where in the world you are, why everyone is awake and loud at this time, and why they’re stuffing dates in your mouth.
“Oh, right. Suhoor.”
#2 How long still?
It’s a well-established fact that daytime hours are doubled in Ramadan… I may have just made this up, but it does feel this way sometimes (or often).
Unless you’re the type that sleeps through the day and wakes up at Iftar, you probably ask – or get asked – the “how long still” question several times a day.
When fasting and bumping into food all day long, you start to compile a “to eat” list in your mind to look forward to.
But then Iftar arrives, you have the main course, you’re full, and you sit there, disappointed, staring at that shiny apple you were so craving just an hour ago.
#10 I have to eat all of this
In a different scenario, you glance at the clock: 5 minutes left of Suhoor. Horrified, you start eating and drinking like there’s no tomorrow. And yet you wake up feeling #6.
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