It’s Ramadan here in Jordan. This is the month in the Islamic calendar that Muslims refrain from drinking and eating and some other activities from first light to sunset. The Islamic calendar is a luna calendar which means that every year it moves forward by 10-11 days. This year Ramadan falls in the summer months and the fasting is from 4am to nearly 8pm with high daytime temps.
This year the month of Ramadan started on the 10th of July. It is heralded by the first sighting of the new moon and this took place on the evening of the 9th.
I took this photo of the new moon and the planet Venus in the sky over the Petra Mountains on the evening of the 10th. It was taken from our balcony about 20 minutes after the sun had set. I loved the intensity of the colours as the night fell. Click on the photo to view it in larger size and more detail.
The breaking of the fast each evening is a time for families to come together and share in a meal.
The tray of drinks is ready for everyone to quench their thrist once the call of Adthan is heard. This is drink is known in Arabic as Tamerhindi or a syrup made from dates. It’s very sweet.
It is custom to break the fast with the eating of dates first. Then the meal is started with soup.
Eating with Atef’s family involves 14 adults and 9 kids from 6 months to 8 years. Not only are the noise levels at an all time high but lots of salad is required.
On this night we were eating at Atef’s older brothers house and we were having Mandi. This is a traditional arabic meal where the chicken or meat is cooked in a drum in the ground surrounded by hot coals. Atef and his nephew are checking on the mandi pit.
Setting up the eating area in the sitting room. A central dish of the main meal is placed in the middle and we all sit on the floor around to eat.
Our dinner of chicken and potatoes cooked Mandi style.
The rice is also cooked in the pit in the ground underneath the chicken.
It’s all hands on deck to get the meal ready when the hordes are hungry!
Parsley and toasted almonds are sprinkled on top and the the feast is ready.