Another year another Ramadan. Similarly to every year in the past, Ramadan has come and gone and has left us feeling a little sad. Ramadan is a terrific time of the year where you get to experience something on a spiritual level. A lot of things from your daily life changes when Ramadan comes rolling in. The normal routine turns into Ramadan routine. This is filled with different ways of going about your day, foods and sleep schedules. There are a lot of things we miss about Ramadan and compiling this list was a tough endeavor.
Ramadan was hard especially with all the heat, but Ramadan is something special and we all tend to miss it when it is gone. So, here are 10 things we at Parhlo miss about Ramadan.
Special Ramadan Food
I am pretty sure you all saw this one coming. Ramadan brings a lot of amazing food with it. The iftari table is basically like a snack table combined with the dining table which is right up my alley. There is not one person in this world who doesn’t like snacks. So, Ramadan is a win for everybody in terms of food.
I miss the Pakoras, samosas, fruit chaat (which is a shame that it is not made normally), Kebabs and Rolls. I am a huge advocate of eating healthy but I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss all of this oil disaster.
I know that this is the second food point in a row but come on did you seriously think I was going to not add this here. As you can probably tell I am somewhat of a foodie. I can proudly say that I have eaten at almost every place in Karachi. What I am not proud of is how much I have spent on it. So Iftar deals gave me an opportunity to let my foodie run free and get as much food as he wanted since the prices were so low. Iftar deals on foods are like Eid deals on clothing, too good to pass by.
Iftar deals will surely be missed *Sheds a tear*
Staying up till Sehri
I understand that this might not be a hitter for everyone but I had a blast staying up till sehri and having fun with my family and friends. People have jobs and everything and they tend to sleep before sehri but I know that I am not alone here and many will agree to this point. I always enjoy the time after iftar, it is so peaceful and makes you think how one month can make you feel so good inside.
This feeling brings me to the next thing I miss
The peace and ronak of Ramadan
This is the most common thing to miss about Ramadan and I think everyone will agree on missing it. The month of Ramadan brings with it a wave of happiness and a relaxing atmosphere. Ramadan comes and all of a sudden the day gets a little brighter. It is truly a miracle of Allah how hearts change in the month of Ramadan. People Start doing good deeds and the outlook towards life changes. I loved this feeling throughout Ramadan and I miss it very dearly. The most depressing days are of the weeks after Ramadan and Eid. I don’t know about other people but I certainly feel down.
Shorter work hours
This is one of the best things that happen in Ramadan. I am sorry if you had some work that needed to be done and people at offices refused to do it. But man, did it feel good getting off of work early. Don’t get me wrong I love my work, but you can’t love something all the time. So when the hours were shortened from 9 hours to 6 hours I was certainly jumping from excitement. I am sure as many of you guys were as well.
Sharing of food
It sounds like a kindergarten thing, right. Well, Ramadan does involve sharing of food, which I love. Living around neighbors there is someone sending over iftar to someone almost every day. Like my neighbors every Friday they distributed Biryani to the rest of the neighborhood. Similarly, my mother gave iftari to the laborers building a house down the street every day. This sharing and caring for each other is something that is missed dearly after Ramadan. I believe the month of Ramadan is needed to restore your faith in humanity each year.
The literal ronak of Ramadan
You probably think I am repeating a point well I am not. Meaning all the lights and the preparations and the cars on the roads. On a normal day you go out at around 2:00 pm-ish in Karachi you would see a few cars on the road.
(Of course more than Islamabad.) Forgive me, bad joke. MOVING ON!
But during Ramadan 2:00 AM traffic becomes 9:00 PM traffic. The literal Ronak of Ramadan amazes me every year.
Brings families closer
Due to it being Ramadan family send iftari to each other or Sehri to each other. We have iftar parties where all of the fam jam gets together and has loads of laughs. This is one of the great things about Ramadan. It brings Families closer. It helps us to forgive and forget any sorrows or bad blood. This is what Ramadan is all about; togetherness and peace.
Worship becomes second nature during Ramadan. Almost everyone starts praying 5 times a day and reading the Quran. There is the certain sweetness of worship and in Ramadan that can be felt without effort. This is a dearly missed thing because a lot of people including myself are not able to keep up the worship of Ramadan.
The excitement of Eid
Last but not least, the excitement of Eid is something that I personally miss about Ramadan. In the last days of Ramadan, the excitement reaches heights.