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Eid Al-Fitr, Sweets – 2020

May 24th, 2020

Eid Al-Fitr is the Islamic religious celebration that ends the Holy Month of Ramadan. It is celebrated all around the world, where people families visit, kids are given money, and Eid sweets are served to well-wishers and relatives.
This Eid is different, due to coronavirus pandemic and curfew it won’t be same kind of celebration. There is no family gatherings and visits, but I wanted to keep the spirit of Eid so I made a very small amount of our favorite sweets for my family members.

The Tablecloth is “Aghabani Tablecloth” which is originally made in Syria. Aghabani is a 150 year old Damascene traditional craft. It is made of high quality Syrian cotton, embroidered with gold  / silver / white threads and other colors. It  comes in different designs, sizes and colors with matching napkins. I have one white and maroon, and  I brought this green one from my last visit to Syria.

Read the Archive:

Eid Al-Fitr, Sweets – 2009

Eid Al-Fitr, Sweets – 2010

Eid Al-Fitr, Sweets – 2013

Eid Al-Fitr, Sweets – 2014

Eid Al-Fitr, Sweets – 2015

Eid Al-Fitr, Sweets – 2016

Eid Al-Fitr, Sweets – 2017

Eid Al-Fitr, Sweets – 2018

Eid Al-Fitr, Sweets – 2019

Eid Al-Adha, Sweets – 2009

Eid Al-Adha, Sweets – 2010

Eid Al-Adha, Sweets – 2015

Eid Al-Adha, Sweets – 2016

Eid Al-Adha, Sweets – 2017

Eid Al-Adha, Sweets – 2018

Eid Al-Adha, Sweets – 2019

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Eid Al-Fitr – 2020

May 24th, 2020

Eid Al-Fitr “Smaller Eid”, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Today is the first day of Eid Al-Fitr.

Eid Mubarak to all of you and your families. May you have a joyful and blessed Eid.

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Ramadan Kareem – 2020

April 24th, 2020

Ramadan is the ninth month of Islamic calendar, Muslims worldwide observe this as a month of fasting. Today is the first day of Ramadan.

Wishing you and your loved ones joy and blessings in this Holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan Kareem.

Photo: Ma’arouk Ramadan

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Nisf Sha’aban – 2020

April 8th, 2020

Sha’aban is the eighth month of the Islamic calender, it is the month before Ramadan.

Nisf Sha’aban or Mid-Sha’aban is the 15th day of the eighth month (sha’aban) of the Islamic lunar calendar. Laylat Nisf Sha’aban is the night preceding the 15th day of Sha’aban. The most important event at the fifteenth of Sha’aban was the changing of the qiblah which was ordered by God from Masjid Al-Aqsa (Al-Aqsa Mosque) in Jerusalem, to Masjid Al-Haram (The Sacred Mosque) in Mecca.

In Syria, it is a tradition to celebrate Nisf Sha’aban every year. In Hama, special sweets are prepared for this occasion, these sweets can’t be found on other days of the year, they are Ma’amoul Abiad, Makbouseh, Mahia and Bashmina. In Aleppo, the food prepared for Nisf Sha’aban is different, the occasion is celebrated by making Ma’arouk Nisf Sha’aban and Sambousek Lahmeh (meat pies).

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Orange Blossom Water Turns Eleven!

February 28th, 2020

Today my blog celebrates its eleven birthday.

Thanks for all the lovely comments and encouragement these past 11 years. I hope this space is always a place where you feel welcome and inspired. I’m looking forward to the coming years!
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