Aaaahhhh, Ramadan…. one of the reasons I love it is the food! And I don’t think I’m the only one – my Emirati friends often tell me that despite the fasting they fear putting weight on during Ramadan because of the divine iftar food. There are so many things that are special for this time of year. I guess that’s similar in lots of religious celebrations – I know it’s difficult to prize a mince pie from my hand at Christmas!!
I haven’t actually been to many iftars this year – but I’ve still managed to visit my local sweets and pastry shops and stock up on special food. Being vegetarian the savory dishes don’t interest me quite as much as the sweets!! heee heee!! But I can’t resist falafels… look how crispy they are…
The sun sinks down low
And the long day is done
With dates and fresh fruit
our Iftar has begun
All day we have fasted
With joy in our hearts
For pure throughts and deeds
Set this fair month apart
We feel for the hungry, the helpless and weak
And master our hunger, our throughts and our speech
When the sun sinks down low
And the day’s at an end
We break bread togethether
With family and friends
Ramadan Poem by Piyu Majumdar (used with permission).
I love the poem – it really sums up Ramadan so well in so few words – it’s just one peom about this part of the world featured in the book “Children of the Sun – growing up in the Gulf” which Piyu colaborated on with fantastic photographer Paul Thuysbaert.
Most people will recognise this place – Lebanon Flower Restuarant – I love this image – these guys definitely look happy that it’s iftar time and they can break their fast.
Right, I’m off for some yummy treats now, Hope you’re all having a wonderful Ramadan, Kirsty x
Kirsty - Oh, and if anyone can tell me the names of the various sweets so I don’t just have to point to things I’d be very greatful! Thanks, x
Sarah B - Really nice poem, and the food makes me hungry – it looks gooooood!!
Catherine - Love the poem 🙂 And my mouth is watering aaaagh!!!! XX
Louise - Love reading about life in Abu Dhabi – gives a different perspective to your blog and an insight
~SarahInParis~ - Love that last one Kirsty!
littlepurplecow - Yum! Love these delish images. Thanks for sharing at Shutter Sisters.