From chicken soup to suhour buffets
Ramadan is very significant for me just as it is for many Muslims across the world. It’s a month when I reflect more on my entire life. I try to re-examine how I have been living it as a Muslim and believer and how I have been impacting people’s lives, working on mending broken fences and reconnecting with my Lord.
Observing Ramadan here in Qatar is not much different as it’s all about abstinence. However, there is a great tradition being observed back home in Nigeria that I miss so much and that is what we call ‘Aji’were’ (wake up band) in my Yoruba language. Aji’were is a band of men who go about beating drums to wake people up for suhour. It was always very lively to hear them sing in the neighbourhood and the entire community suddenly coming alive and buzzing, and the clashing of cooking utensils and cutlery.
It was always very lively to hear them sing in the neighbourhood and the entire community suddenly coming alive and buzzing…
I remember that the first night of Ramadan is almost observed sleeplessly as mothers are busy preparing special delicacies for the family. Chicken soup was very popular and in fact, many of us children always looked forward to it and at times disappointed if our fathers failed to bring home a fowl or cockerel the night before. My brother and I used to fight over who would eat the two chicken legs!
This is my seventh Ramadan in Qatar and I have been really fascinated by the colourful celebrations of Garangao, which is a new experience for me. I’m already looking forward to it for my kids…hope they can get to take part.
– By Noimat Olayiwola