Over 1 billion Muslims worldwide celebrate Ramadan. It is that time of the year when everyone gets preoccupied with preparations like fasting and spending more time with family, doing good deeds and lending a helping hand. For children, most of these practices may seem unfamiliar. To help get your children started, here are five ways to help you introduce Ramadan Traditions to them.
Pay It Forward
Ramadan is a month known for charity and good deeds. This is a great time to introduce the idea of giving and receiving. To get your children started off on the habit of paying it forward, discuss with them what it means to give and receive, and the importance of being kind to others.
You can collect old clothes and toys which he has outgrown or don’t need. You can also try preparing simple food packages or hot meals together to give out. If he is old enough, take him with you to a charity center so that he gains a new perspective and appreciation for acts of kindness.
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Ramadan is a time for prayer, specifically the time to recite the five prayers that form one of the five pillars of Islam. Introduce these to your children by explaining the importance of daily prayers and the significance of such during Ramadan.
Guide your children through this by doing daily prayers together at specific times. This makes them understand how prayers must be performed at the appropriate times, and realize how spiritual achievement and reward can be better achieved through prayer.
Ramadan is family time as this is when people make an extra effort to visit each other and spend time together. Plan get-togethers with extended family and friends, especially those you have not seen in the longest time. You can use the time to make your children familiar with the family tree by asking each member to explain how they fit into it.
Squeeze in activities that will help your children bond with other members of the family such as games that promote camaraderie and teamwork. You can make family time a regular thing by blocking off one day in a week – just to make the transition of getting used to it more gradual.
Ramadan is also a time for self-reflection as people strive to be better versions of themselves. With your child still starting to get to know himself better, giving him time to sit and reflect on himself might be challenge. Share with him how you usually go through self-reflection yourself, and recommend a certain time and place when he can do it.
Discuss with him important points like how anyone is prone to make mistakes and how there is always room for improvement and change. You can also try him setting up questions that will help him start reflecting, and lead him to create a goal improvement sheet for himself.
Get Festive and Fun
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Ramadan is a celebration. Get your children excited by making the atmosphere at home fun and festive. You can cut out paper lanterns and decorate them around the house. Give the home a celebratory vibe by researching on usual Ramadan decorations you can do together. You can also search for sweet treats to prepare.
This allows them to understand that there is more to Ramadan than what is usually seen or shared. To commemorate the celebration each year, you can create a scrapbook of all the memories you have shared during the season. This makes your children see Ramadan as a month to look forward to and that it can also be filled with excitement and festivities.