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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Who hijacked Ramadan?

What happened to fawanees Ramadan (lanterns)? Where is the mesahharati and the light-crescent decorations all over the place?

These past few years, the only noticeable public display of Ramadan in Dubai is by the 'Ramadan special promos’ billboard signs on Sh. Zayed Road. Isn't that just sad?

Or are Ramadan decorations now considered to be بدعة من بدع الشيطان وبئس المصير

Why is it that I get to experience the spirit of Dewali and Christmas much much more than Ramadan's? Hats off to our Indian and Christian brothers and sisters who won’t compromise their pride in their cultures nor religion, and will celebrate it no matter where they are.

Whereas we dubai-dwellers are becoming lazier and more self indulged by the day. Sadly, the only official Ramadan celebration ceremonies these days are performed in a poorly ventilated overpriced makeshift tent, smoking shisha and gossiping.

I am off to Taraweeh now... then I will go look for Ramadan fanoos and hang it on our home balcony. Any tips on where to get it from will be much appreciated..


  • I honestly don't know where you can get them from, I will ask (if you didn't get already)

    Who hijacked Ramadan? Us of course. You don't find 120 tv series debuting on Christmas do you?

    By Blogger KJ, at August 22, 2009 at 11:15 PM  

  • everyone's busy watching bab el hara hehehe

    By Blogger inmotion, at August 22, 2009 at 11:58 PM  

  • Ramadan Kareem..

    Try the Dubai Antiques museum in Al qouz..

    Or Sharjah Islamic Souk..

    Or the 'arabian souveniers' place in mall of the emirates - 2nd floor, opposite ID design

    I had a Hilal and nejmeh that lit up that I would hang up on our window in Dubai.. Wish I had brought it with me here..

    Good luck :)

    By Anonymous Dalia, at August 23, 2009 at 6:57 AM  

  • Souk Madinat Jumeirah has some appropriate decorations up.

    But the effort put into it doesn't even begin to compare with the Christmas decorations we get all over town.

    The biggest effort is in the commercial aspect, with 'Ramadan Specials' advertised everywhere. Commercialism has taken it over I guess, just like the other religions' main festivals.

    By Blogger Seabee, at August 23, 2009 at 1:14 PM  

  • Maybe try Dubai museum? It always has Arabian souvenirs available.

    By Anonymous CY, at August 23, 2009 at 1:58 PM  

  • ll seriousness, all what you talked about ARE bida3. So I'm glad they are gone.

    By Blogger A Blessing in Tragedy, at August 23, 2009 at 7:39 PM  

  • Saw a bunch of Ramadan lights on the streets of Abu Dhabi this weekend...but nothing in Dubai so far... I love the capital :)

    By Blogger Dubai Sunshine, at August 23, 2009 at 9:41 PM  

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