Hello friends! I have been gone for a while- Incredibly busy days, but equally exciting days. It’s still quite hectic but I wanted to take a few moments to holler and ask how of you are doing. The picture illustrating today’s post if of the Paris Mosque that I took earlier this week. I would recommend that if you are ever in the city to visit. It is a beautiful, peaceful oasis in the heart of the busy 5th district, plus it hosts a really nice café (try the green tea with mint!) and probably Paris’ nicest Turkish bath.
This is a special time of the year for me as it is Ramadan. It is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, which started this year on Saturday, May 29th. It's when Muslims all over the world spend 29 or 30 days fasting and improving themselves in principles of faith. It is a privileged time for praying, reflecting… But also sharing and giving. It is common to wish Muslim friends a “Ramadan Kerim” literally a “Generous Ramadan”.
During the holy month, we usually have one meal (known as the suhoor), just before sunrise and another (known as the iftar), directly after sunset. Because Ramadan is a time to spend with friends and family, the fast will often be broken by several Muslim families and non-Muslim friends coming together at sunset to share in an evening meal. At the end of Ramadan, there is a big, fun party, El Eid el Fitr and that's what I will be very happy to celebrate with you! That means, lots of recipes will be coming out in the remaining 3 weeks of fasting. Of course, all the recipes that I already shared in my blog are also perfect for Ramadan.
I personally love the effect the fasting has on both my mind and body. After the first few days, I have more energy, my mind is clearer and my skin is brighter; and I feel overall much better. I guess- my body and spirit are detoxified!
Have a blessed, generous Ramadan.