Ramadan has arrived, so here are my top 5 things to do during this special month to make the most of a more peaceful pace of life:
1. Join an ‘Iftar’: accept the invitation to join an Iftar and enjoy this wonderful meal that is shared with family and friends. If you are invited into someone’s home, remember to take a gift of dates or Arabic sweets as a thank you. Another great idea is to get together a group of friends and book one of the Iftar buffets offered at the many fabulous restaurants during Ramadan. Sample Arabic dishes that you have not tried before.
2. Be charitable: Ramadan is also about giving to or looking after those less fortunate than yourself. Look at ways that you can become involved in a local charity whether it is through donating time, money or unwanted goods. There are always lots of great charity initiatives during this time that you can take part in.
3. Slow down: If you have ever wanted to learn a new skill now is the time to do it. Whether you want to learn a new language or learn a new instrument or finally finish the few books that have been piling up on your bed side table, no doubt you’ll find the time now. Or head down to the National Museum or the Fort and learn more about the rich Bahraini culture and its history of this country.
4. Host a dinner: Family and friends are important during this time as is showing hospitality so why not host a dinner party or invite your friends over. By being the host this Ramadan you can enter into the spirit of giving by sharing your home with your friends.
5. Give up something: this is the perfect opportunity to think about giving up something. Be it smoking or the glass of wine in the evening…