Ramadan: A Month of Discipline and Delight
Ramadan is the holy month for the Muslims all over the world. Often dubbed as the ‘Month of Fast and Prayer’, Ramadan is a period secluded for practicing self-discipline. The consecrated month is then followed by the celebration of Eid-al-Fitr, where a grand feast is anticipated. It is believed that during this month the holy Quran was revealed to Mohammad Prophet after stringent fasting and praying. Therefore, even today, Ramadan is observed with immense sanctity by Muslims around the globe. Here is what you should know about Ramadan:
When is Ramadan Observed?
Ramadan or Ramzan is a holy month that is observed in the ninth month of Islamic calendar (the month of June of Gregarion calendar) after seeing the crescent moon. This year Ramadan is beginning from June 18, 2015
What to Expect during Ramadan?
Ramadan is the month of fasting and prayer; Muslims all over the country fast for about 30 days (from Dawn to Dust each day) in which they neither eat nor drink. During the Ramadan, Muslims are expected to abstain not only from food but from immorality. Ramadan is seen as an opportunity to self-discipline and practice self-control, the duration of a month is also apt to turn from materialistic world and to work upon virtues like forgiveness, charity and kindness.
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In contradiction to the rituals of Ramadan, the month is insanely popular amongst people for the grand evening feasts, commonly known as ‘Iftar’. The evening feast time is important to Muslims, thus grand preparations of it can be seen. Iftar becomes special with variety of food items that mainly consists of non-vegetarian dishes. In each city, where a Muslim population inhabits is a food street that serves some mouth-watering dishes having irresistible aroma. If you’re an India during the Ramadan, there are many places that can offer you a delightful Iftar feasting experience; here are a few best ones:
- Mohammed Ali Road
- Ruadat Tahera Street, Bhendi Bazar
- Jama Masjid
- Jamia Nagar
- Park Circus
- Mallik Bazaar
- Beck Bagan
- Madina Circle, High Court Road
- Shahalibanda Road
- Saifabad Road
- Chatori Gali, Ibrahimpura
After observing strict fasting season, Muslims celebrates Eid-al-Fitr, also known as Feast of Breaking the Fast. Celebrated on the first day of the month of Shawwal of the Islamic calendar, the date of Eid-al-Fitr is fixed according to the sight of a new moon. A delightful ambiance can be witnessed on Eid and a great feast completely nails the festivity mood. People are expected to end up any animosity if there exists some on this auspicious day and are needs to indulge into charity work. This year Eid-al-Fitr will be celebrated on July 18, 2015
Importance of Ramadan:
Ramadan is not only a season to fast and pray but a season to get cleansed from the immorality. Fasting and praying helps in making one disciplined and less materialistic. AND No, not everyone has to fast, Islam teaches the principle is more important than the action. Ramadan gives an opportunity to understand the meaning of God-gifted life and an urge to find the reason of our existence on earth. It helps us realize that the real happiness does not reside in materialistic things but in the things that we consider the least.
Here we wish you a blessed month of Ramadan. Let goodness take over the world and we in the end of all attain eternal bliss. Apart from this, being a good traveller, do not miss eating out at some of these places that we have mentioned and let us know about your experience.