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Ramadan has always been a month we wait for all year round and celebrate with so many Ramadan traditions. However, Ramadan 2020 has been quite difficult with coronavirus preventing us from practicing the basic Ramadan activities or feeling the spirit we looked forward to so much.
Here are 13 things we miss most about Ramadan this year:
Ramadan without family gatherings doesn’t feel like Ramadan. The holy month has always been about hospitality, unity, and gatherings where family members, friends, and loved ones take turns inviting each other over. The food, the love, the spirit, the laughter and the bonds made of sharing meals together is what we miss the most about Ramadan this year.
Coronavirus and social distancing are making it impossible for us to greet loved ones with open arms and hug and kiss them as much as we want to.
The festive and merry Ramadan decorations filling the streets and houses of Egypt were a huge part of the Ramadan vibe we’re so used to. It spread joy in our hearts and it is deeply missed this year.
We miss hearing the soothing voice of the Imam around every corner and the unity of Egyptians praying at the same time. We can’t imagine how the famous night of the 27th of Ramadan will not be prayed in a mosque.
Suhoor and foul carts
One of the best things about Ramadan traditions in Egypt is the numerous places open for suhoor until 4 am in the morning. We miss eating from foul carts in the streets without worrying about health precautions.
If there’s one place we miss the most this Ramadan it’s Old Cairo and the lively area of Moez Street, El Hussein, and Khan El Khalily. These places are packed with Ramadan night entertainment, Ramadan decorations, and Egyptian cultural events such as Tanoura dance shows, takht sharqy and just people smoking shisha, and playing tawla until the early hours of the morning.
Ramadan is also known as the month of good deeds where many people go out of their way to take part in feeding the less fortunate. Many people gather during the day to prepare food and pack them in meals to be distributed to different areas, ensuring that no one stays hungry during the month of Ramadan. However, this year, these events have taken a blow due to coronavirus.
This year, because social distancing is required and the idea of gathering many people together in one place is dangerous, mawa’ed Al-Rahman have been reduced considerably.
Every year new Ramadan tents would appear, with incredible decorations, entertainment, and offering a nightlife like no other during this exceptional month. We miss how sociable, exciting, and entertaining it all was this year.
Ramadan working hours
It seems like this year as everyone is working from home, everyone has forgotten the reduced working hours of Ramadan. While the day was short and the work was minimal during this month, it seems that Ramadan 2020 is packed with work and everyone is being kept busy as they’re staying at home.
Lively streets until Fajr
There’s no other time in the year where it’s completely safe and normal to be out until 4 am spending time with loved ones over Ramdan suhoor.
It seems like even the Mesaharaty has disappeared this year and he’s always been a huge part of Ramadan. Waking us up before fajr to have suhoor or just fill the streets with his drumming and chanting is a Ramadan tradition we really miss.
And most importantly, Teta’s food
The thing we miss most this year is Teta’s delicious food, desserts, and the variety she made every time we gathered for iftar at her place.
We hope this lockdown will end soon and we can get together with our loved ones and enjoy the things we love the most.
Further reading: Creative Products to Get Your Children in the Ramadan Spirit