If you’re part of the Ramadhan and Eid Crafts and Activities Group on facebook, you know exactly what ramadan decor this blog post is about. It’s the one that has everyone ooh-ing and aw-ing over the sheer beauty of it all. It’s the one that has us all getting into the Ramadan spirit. And yes, it’s the one that has us rushing to get our acts together so we, too, can have a beautifully decorated home.
With Ramadan literally around the corner, we’ve all been scrolling IG, FB, and Pinterest looking for inspiration to motivate us to get ready for the holy month with ramadan decor. Last week Lubna Dadabhoy, owner of Waafia Weddings, shared her ramadan decor on facebook. Though her ramadan decor was drool worthy, it was her words that truly inspired me.
I like to think of Ramadan as an honored guest and visitor – not just to come and go once, but to welcome this guest as my most beloved family.
This changed my perspective on how we prepare for Ramadan. It’s an honor to have this month. We prepare in advance so that we can make the most of it.
We had the honor of interviewing Lubna to learn more about what inspires her. Grab your cup of tea and get ready to feel even more love for the blessed month of Ramadan.
I grew up in a small city in Los Angeles, California. My brothers and I spent our youth attending public school, playing soccer, and riding skateboards and roller-blades way too fast. We grew up watching our school friends celebrate Easter, Halloween, Christmas, and Valentines Day. A different holiday celebration each month. When Ramadan arrived, it came with no fanfare on campus (except for getting a free pass during P.E.). So, my parents made extra efforts to make Ramadan special for us at home
The earliest memory I have of Ramadan in my home is a FEELING. One by one, the visual signs would arrive. The sheer excitement and anticipation when my mother pulled out her large trays to make and freeze samosas. Bottles of Rooh-Afza and Vimto would start appearing in our cupboard. The ultimate sign of Ramadan was when our giant box of California medjool dates would arrive from the farm and we would enjoy those delectable rubies like candies! Every suhoor, my mother would make our requested breakfast. She would set out a fruit leather from Lucky’s next to our plate.
Oh, how we would rush through suhoor to enjoy that sweet treat!
Our Ramadan decor consisted of balloons and streamers. It was my job to make a banner with markers and stickers to put on our fireplace. I remember my father carrying us up to the roof in his arms to look for the Ramadan moon together. We would squint and peer and stare at the sky hoping and wishing to be the first one to sight that sliver of silver and shout the news of glad tidings to all!
Since I grew up feeling the joy of Ramadan in my childhood home, I wanted to continue the tradition in my own home with my kids. I wanted to make the blessed month extra special for them! After my eldest was born, I started putting up banners and lights before Ramadan began. As his brothers arrived one by one, I added on to the decorations and festivities every year. I love to gather inspiration from the season and to tie in the color scheme with my existing home decorations to make everything look cohesive.
Four years ago, I had made some hot chocolate for us to drink after taraweeh. It was such a hit that our “Ramadan Hot Chocolate Bar” became a big part of our ramadan decor, and a THING that they look forward to every year.
We put up a Ramadan calendar filled with treats and good deeds to perform and all of the kids have personalized Ramadan placemats. We make iftaar boxes for our non-muslim neighbors and friends and my kids go door to door to deliver them. I put together Ramadan baskets for them filled with essentials; new thobes, kufis, water bottles, sandals, ramadan journals, and craft supplies for Eid cards.
We pile in the car and listen to “Ramadan Moon”.
We go to the highest peak in our locality and look for the Ramadan moon with other members of our community. The happiness and excitement they experience is so worth putting in a little time and effort to create family traditions that they will hopefully treasure for years to come!
Hand in hand with the decorations and the traditions is the focus on improving our spiritual selves during the month. Being kind, giving in charity, setting small attainable goals for ourselves, making the Qur’an our best friend. We must strive to become the best version of ourselves! We try to make these positive changes permanent parts of our personality for the rest of our lives. Our family’s Ramadan motto is:
Sleep Less. Pray Strong. Eat Light. Give Fully.
I pray that Allah accepts all of our good deeds and intentions. May He fill our home with His Peace and Blessings during this sacred month and let us experience the joy of Ramadan for many, many more years to come.
Aameen, ya Rabb!
Lubna Dadabhoy is the owner of Waafia Weddings. You can find out more about her and her decorations on facebook and on her Etsy page. Some of her decor shown in the photos is on sale in her etsy shop for you to purchase! Check it out! To view more of her beautiful Ramadan decor, click on the photos in the gallery below. Please make a special dua for Lubna and her family for sharing their home with all of us. May she be rewarded immensely for inspiring us to bring the spirit of Ramadan into our homes. AMEEN.