Celebration of Happiness (34) – Ramadan (Egypt)


"Go Without To Appreciate What You Have!"


While in the minimums is when we appreciate what we have in plenty and while seeking purity of body and soul is when we realize how sinful our lives are.



Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar which is a month of fasting for all the followers of Islam. For the entire month, the people in Egypt and all over the world, observe a fast from dawn to dusk, on each day of the month of Ramadan and spend each day refraining themselves from any food, drinks, entertainment or pleasures between the fasting hours. They eat before the sun rises and after the sun sets and celebrate a holiday at the end of the month known as Eid-UL-Fitur. The streets are full of the traditional lanterns and the meals taken on breaking the fast are lavish too.


The history says that in this month, the first verses of the Holy Quran were revealed to the prophet Mohammad and hence, people observe the entire month as a time of seeking forgiveness for their sins, purifying their mind, body and soul and remembering the one who created us all. By observing a fast, people understand the miseries that poor people go through and how blessed they are to have all the blessings of God. It is a time to be humble, generous and forgiving along with meeting family and community members over fast breaking meals, allowing the people to get closer to each other and immerse into the festivities that follow. People also indulge in charity work at this time of the year.



Discipline is not a dirty word!

The joy of sharing is not known to many of us. The satisfaction of watching a hungry person eat or covering someone with a piece of warm clothing in winters is beyond all luxuries. So go ahead, skip your muffin or a movie and use the money to help someone in need. The good deeds done, go along with us while everything else remains.

This blog is inspired by: Secrets to Happiness from the Cultures of the World (Lonely Planet)

Piyuesh Modi