During the month of Ramadan, observant Muslims fast, pray, read the holy scriptures of the Quran and also engage in good works. Other joyful aspects of the celebration are the nightly festivities to break the fast. Friends and family members join for a feast past sunset and spend time together. Ramadan decorations are a great way to imbue the home with festive trappings that combine the solemn circumstance with the celebratory mood. Unlike Christmas decorations that are ubiquitous and well-defined, Ramadan decor is a bit harder to locate. Even so, in this scarcity there is the root for great artistic freedom. So how can you decorate your home for Ramadan today?
Lanterns add Pizzazz to a Home's Atmosphere
The Jordan Times highlights that lanterns -- really any type of festive illuminations -- are experiencing a growing popularity among Jordanians during Ramadan. Shapes include crescents, globes and stars; other types of lighting options also find favor with celebrants. Why not incorporate this type of festive lighting in your home for the holiday?
Control the mood by using candles in crescent or star shaped luminaries, which make wonderful additions to the nightly feast tables. Plug-in strands of lights quickly offer festive illumination to outdoor areas, such as balconies and patios. Decorating a walkway with hanging lanterns is another great idea for ushering in the invited guests for the breaking of the fast.
Paper Decorations add Splashes of Color
In addition to the colorful accents, these paper decorations are perfect for involving children in the decorating activities. Remember that Ramadan lasts for a long period of time, and working with youngsters throughout these weeks transforms the paper decorations into excellent teaching opportunities. Additionally, paper arts and crafts can add a very personal touch to nightly meals.
For example, children can make colorful paper place mats, banners and signs that welcome friends and family members. Cut out small paper flags and decorate them with stars and crescents. String them onto a fishing line for whole-room banners or wall decorations.
Let your Inspiration flow!
Would you believe that one ingenious mom has invented Sheikh Ramadan? Al-Ahram reported in 2002 that this make-believe persona was modeled with Father Christmas in mind. While this idea is now already taken, perhaps you could create his helpers? After all, not even Father Christmas could do all of the gifting by himself!
Following these ideas makes it possible for moms to include children in the festivities -- even before the youngsters are old enough to participate in the fasting.
Jordan Times: "Ramadan decorations become a 'must buy'"
Al-Ahram: "Ramadan with a global touch"
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