Friday, July 6, 2012

Join the Fast!

As the saying goes “if you can’t beat em’ join em’”, and if you wish to avoid an extra awkward glare whilst eating, smoking (or consuming anything) in public during the day in the Ramadan period, why not experience a day or two of fasting? A chance to get really involved in the local culture and be able to say, “I fasted during Ramadan”.

Iftar snacks being purchased....for later!

This practice, created to “cleanse the inner soul and free it from harm” permits no consumption, including water, during the day, which will serve as a daunting and dehydrating task during the summer! However the real treat lies when the fast is broken at sundown for the Iftar meal, where, after eating three dates, just as Mohammed would, the traditional Bangali style dishes of Haleem, Chola, Muri and Piyaji amongst others, provide a indescribably deserved feeling full of taste and tradition! Even without the fasting, these dishes are a treat not to be missed, as they are only this popular one month a year. 

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