By Hanya Riad
I don’t know about you guys, but I am still not used to having Ramadan during the summer thing that’s been going on for the past few years. You know that feeling you get when two things you love happen at the same time? You’re excited about having them both, but you have this feeling of dissatisfaction because you can’t fully enjoy each. It’s like having your birthday on Valentine’s Day, or your birthday on mother’s day, you get the 2 in 1 offer. We all love summer, no need for amplifications on that, and Ramadan is the most joyful month of the year so having them both at the same time is exciting but at the end you feel like you’ve missed out on some moments.
In Egypt, during Ramadan the day always begins later. The pace is slow, you go home early and you spend your day in slow motion, until Iftar, where you get a sudden energy boost and everything around you starts getting louder. It’s a world apart, the people trying to remain calm during the day, the gatherings, the outstanding amount of food we eat – I think each of us try to beat his/her own record every year, the variety of mind-blowing desserts, the prayers in the streets, the rhythms of El-Mesaharaty at night and the decorations.
Everything around reminds you how extraordinary this month is. Ramadan represents traditions, participating in it makes you feel like you’re a part of something bigger… Traditions are what we hold on to, to never forget who we were and become what we want to be.
I don’t think we should spend our days doing nothing but sleeping or watching Ghada Abdel Razek’s show on TV. Since Ramadan is during the summer we should benefit from that in so many ways, either to be more productive, to enjoy the massive number of activities in the summer weather or simply to do sports. For example Alexandrians, we are extremely lucky to live by the sea, and have the Mediterranean vibe, so enjoy it as much you can!
SEETHRU wishes you a blessed Ramadan; we hope you could also enjoy your summer days and the nice weather at the same time!