How To Get Your Home Ready For Ramadan
This year, the holy month of Ramadan begins on Monday 12th April and ends on Wednesday 12th May, a time devoted to fasting and praying for the well-being and prosperity of loved ones. Below, we’re sharing some of our top tips for getting your home ready for Ramadan and then preparing for the celebrations that follow on Eid al-Fitr.
7 Ways To Prepare & Decorate Your Home For Ramadan
Acknowledge and welcome Ramadan into your home
Though a time of sacrifices for Muslims, Ramadan is a very welcomed and sacred occasion, meaning you may want to honour it in your home the way one might put up banners and decorations for birthdays or anniversaries. You can browse a range of bespoke Ramadan decorations on Etsy, they’re perfect for recognising and celebrating the occasion.
Create your own decorations
Making use of decorations in your home doesn’t necessarily mean buying them. Why not try your hand at creating bunting or wreaths to spruce up your home for the holy month? Whether you create paper lanterns, homemade banners or even crescent shaped ornaments – you can keep yourself and the family entertained and welcome the month of Ramadan in together in a creative way. We recommend using Pinterest to ignite your inspiration.
Light up your home
You might not be able to celebrate Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr in the way that you usually do this year due to the pandemic, but this doesn’t mean you can’t capture some of the ambience in your own home. Get creative with flickering lights such as fairy lights, ornamental lanterns and tea lights to illuminate your home in your own way. In some countries, a Fanous is a popular lantern that is used for decorating streets and houses to mark the month of Ramadan.
Clean and organise the home
Ramadan is a time for reflection and clarity, so create a clean environment to allow you to focus on this and your worship without any distractions. When it comes to cleaning and organising, we’d recommend setting goals and making decluttering a fun activity for you and your family. For more cleaning advice, you can check out this blog post.
Dedicate a space for worship
As Ramadan is a month dedicated to earning blessings and forgiveness, it may be beneficial to have an allocated space for your worship. This could be as simple as a quiet corner of your home. We recently suggested some ideas on how to use the top floor of a 1 ½ storey house type – perhaps a worship space may be one option to explore?
Stock up the cupboards and freezer
Finally, make sure your cupboards and freezers are well stocked with foods that you can prepare for Suhoor (the meal before a daily fast) and Iftar (the meal eaten after sunset). Many Muslims find benefit in meal planning during the month of Ramadan and so preparing early with a well-stocked home may help to make life a little easier; it also ensures that you’re nourishing the body with healthy foods that will give you energy during fasting periods.
Don’t forget to buy and hide your gifts for Eid-al-Fitr away for when Ramadan comes to an end too!
Decorating Your Home For Eid al-Fitr
When Ramadan comes to an end this year on 12th May, what follows is Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Breaking the Fast.
If you love decorating your home for a celebration, perhaps you might like to try the following ideas:
- Hanging stars and crescent moon decorations
- Using statement and twinkling lights – especially lanterns
- Decorating with hanging balloons and balloon walls and arches
- Setting the table for the feast with statement table centres and decorative cutlery
- Making use of garlands for decorating walls and doorways
- Creating a present table, as Eid al-Fitr is a traditional gift-giving celebration
- Making your food decorative too
For more advice and insights on all things homes and interiors, be sure to check out more of our blog posts. We hope you have a blessed Ramadan; may it be filled with joy and health.