Ramadan 2020 – Different celebrations but the same intentions!
It’s that time of the year again!
The kitchen starts bustling with a myriad of activities and fills the whole house with aromatic galore. The number of shopping trips to stock up the necessities become very frequent. Everybody looks forward to the amazing time that will be spent with the cousins and family while gorging on the delicious snacks served every evening. All in all the aura and the energy of the holy month of Ramadan is splendid, to say the least!
However, this time with the corona outbreak, Ramadan will be much different than any other year. It is expected to begin in the evening of Thursday, 23 April & end in the evening of Saturday,23 May. The dates may vary as per sighting of moon.
How will the Ramadan 2020 be different?
Most of the countries around the world have been locked down and the mosques are closed for communal prayers. The biggest change will be felt in the way the prayers are offered together with a strong sense of brotherhood. Everyone will be offering prayers from the confined areas of their houses.
The social gatherings for iftar will definitely be missed this year as gatherings have been forbidden. The shopping for Eid decorations, traditional treats, new attires will be impacted too as the streets won’t be lined up with bright makeshift shops that stock up the Ramadan festive ornaments, lights, or delicious goodies.
Due to the lockdown, the availability of essential items also has gone down and with rationing on the quantity of items that can be bought, it will be difficult to indulge in delicacies beyond a certain limit.
And, sadly with so many businesses being affected by the situation, many people have suffered from loss of job or loss of salary causing a general dampening of spirits.
How can you celebrate Ramadan while being under quarantine?
Yes, Ramadan this year is going to be slightly different but that does not mean it is not going to be fun. If we decide to do it differently then we can still enjoy all the aspects of this holy month.
For one, due to the lockdown, the schools and offices will be shut and thus it will be a definite relief to the ones who had to work. They will be able to catch up on the much need rest.
Since physical communal prayers and meetings are not allowed, create an online group of your friends and family. And with multiple video calling apps, you will not miss them too much.
If you are one of those who could not help in Ramadan cleaning due to hectic schedules, this year you can participate to the fullest. Plus decorating the house for Ramadan with your parents may just become your yearly ritual.
Delicious treats are one of the important things about Ramadan, this year you can trade your recipes with someone else on social media for their recipes and churn out something different and delicious. Not only will your family enjoy the new dishes but you will also end up learning a fun skill. Though open iftar parties will be missed, you can also flaunt your creative dishes online and get applauded for the same.
Last but not least for sure, a charity in the holy month is key to the celebrations. The Ramadan, this year a lot of organizations that are fighting coronavirus need help. So invest your time wisely and try to raise as many funds online as possible to help the organization of your choice.
So while you prep up for a different Ramadan this year, it is true that no matter what, the essence of the festival is still intact and it will be a Ramadan to remember!