As much as Ramadan is about resisting worldly temptations, but it is also about spending more time than usual with your loved ones. Developing your relationships with family and friends, via an intimate dinner with family or gatherings with friends, is one way to attain internal happiness. SweetEscape is all about sharing precious moments, and who better to share those with than the very people that will have your back no matter what?
It's not just about your immediately family! Ramadan is the perfect time to reunite with your aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins to spread some holiday compassion and love. Finding it difficult to catch up with old friends? Now is your chance! If getting together at a public restaurant sounds like an arduous task, then stay in and cook something up together! Want to know why it's important to have this type of bonding? Read on to find out the five reasons!
Fasting has a reputation for being difficult when you are obliged to resist the urge from eating and drinking for an extended period of time during the day. When the whole family is preparing the iftar (breaking the fast) ritual together, this will create a feeling of happiness and togetherness. Better yet, it will also help create unforgettable family memories.
If you have children, having them help you prepare the food, either laying the table or cooking the dishes, will make them appreciate the difficulty of getting food to the table. If they have a hard time eating, the experience will also help them stop feeling tortured when they have to eat.
Sharing cooking and eating experience with family members can also encourage stronger bonds. Being in the same space together, joined by food, may lead to exchanging small talks about the food, discovering new recipes or even the history of philosophy of the food. It's also a way of passing down new knowledge to the younger members of the family and carrying on the family cooking tradition.
Remember, fasting is about moderation! Just because you've been hungry and thirsty all day doesn't mean you're supposed to just eat and drink everything in one go. By having other members of the family around you, chances are you will remind one another to be considerate in your intake and not go all the way and risk feeling bloated afterwards!
Spending time with other people, especially people you know and love, opening up and sharing stories about your day are not just the makings of the essence of Ramadan, but also some of the ways you could ward off your stress and depression level. So, however hectic your day may be, or how bad the traffic home was, you can feel safe knowing you have a family waiting for you at home!
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