Ramadan is one of the festivals of Pakistan, it is not only the part of Pakistani culture but it is a religious obligation. It is good to know that how Ramadan is celebrated in Pakistan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, out of all the religious obligations and months Ramadan is considered as the most holy month of the Islamic year. It is also the most respectful month out of all as the Muslims have a spiritual attachment with the month. During the holy month of Ramadan all Muslims are obligated to fast undoubtedly quick amid the day from before dawn to soon after nightfall. During the holy month of Ramadan, this time Muslims are not allowed to drink fluids, eat any sort of nourishment at all furthermore they are obligated to follow the restrictions like for example: to show friendship to their life partners amid the day i.e. kiss and so on.
In Pakistan this month is commended with various rituals and prayers are being offered and customs too. Men extraordinarily in the late night visit mosques and perform an uncommon long prayer of 20 Rakaa known as Taraveeh, while ladies offer the same at home.
Each morning unique and very special foods are served which are one of a kind to this month’s breakfasts just while at night individuals get ready unique reviving beverages made of rose water lemon, and a wide range of sorts of pan fried dishes which are rich in oil and supplements to empower individuals for the day long fasting. Specific activities that are performed during the holy month of Ramadan, and how the people of Pakistan celebrate the month of Ramadan are as follows:
Not only in Pakistan in every other Muslim country is Ramadan meant for fasting the whole month. People show respect to this religious obligation by fasting the time limit recognized by Islam. In Pakistan people celebrate the month of Ramadan with all their heart, some of the people do not even sleep the whole night and they pray to god by offering Nawafil and special prayers and by reciting Quraan. As people fast from the sun rise till the sun set so there are two main thing Sehari (the sun rise time) and Aftaar (the sunset timing). There are specific foods that are made for the purpose of sehar and aftaar.
Sehar (The sunrise timing)
In the month of the Ramadan , people from Pakistan try the every possible recipe they know and also the special recipe are being used for the celebration of sehri and aftaar in Pakistan. The food shops remain open for sehar, people even go to restaurants to eat for sehri. In the cities that are very popular for food like Lahore. In Lahore there are stalls in the food street only for sehari purses, few food that are popular and served are Paratha, Tea, Green tea, Paratha channay, Halwa puri, Puri Channay (cholay) , yogurt Is the most essential part of sehri as everybody knows that it helps you in fasting and protects you from dehydration. The puri channa breakfast as sehri with a glass of lassi will make your mouth watery . there are several types of lassi as well. In the other cities there are specialities of food , in Islamabad people mostly chooe to stay home and the house wives cook the sehri at home. The most famous food for sehari is roti with desi ghee. The grandparents follow the tradition of desi ghee and roti and make their grand chilrens eat that no matter what.
Aftaar (The sun set timing)
As sunshine blurs, Muslims waits for the Muezzin’s call to perform the Maghrib prayers and break the fast. Once the call is listened, and the Maghrib prayers are performed, they may break quick (called Iftaar in Arabic). (You can see here too the source of “breakfast”, which actually intended to break the quick amid the night, in the wake of having eaten the last feast the day preceding).
Most will first take some type of refreshing beverage, and this differs by individual choice, as well as local traditions. It is entirely basic in the Middle East to break quick with water and dates, yet in Pakistan it is more basic to drink a local or natural product juice, sugar stick squeeze or rose syrup water, with either dates or kway (little, sweet cakes or baked good). Some like to drink soya bean milk as refreshment, as well as for its additional protein worth.
After breaking quick, most exceptionally strict Muslims, will just take a couple of new dates, or dried dates if new are not accessible. In the event that nor is accessible they will simply take a couple tastes of water.
It is normal for most families to have their night supper at home straight subsequent to breaking quick, keeping in mind the dinner ought to be with regards to the implications of Ramadan (at the end of the day not a dining experience), it has gotten to be regular in advanced urban communities around the globe for Muslim families to go out to eat at eatery, especially those in an Pakistan.
In Ramadan you see Muslim families sitting unobtrusively at an eatery table, with the dinner served, however not yet eating, it is on the grounds that the Maghrib petitions have not yet been called, and they can’t yet break quick.
The few very popular food of aftaar timings are , samosas, pakoras, channa chaat, fruit chaat, lassi, all kind of fruits according to season, drinks and beverages. Few people like to have dinner with the aftaar and few people just take some snacka and eat a little late after the aftaar.
- Taraveeh is offered especially in masajids
- Reciting of Holy Quraan
- Celebrations of the special nights such as : laila tul qadar
- Itekaaf is alo being offered, in which a person sits in isolation and stay busy in pleasing Allah almighty and perform the ibadaats. The Itekaaf can be of 30, 10 or 3 days.