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Ramadan in Riyadh

14 Apr 2022

The blessed month of Ramadan begins with the sighting of the crescent moon and it lasts for 29 to 30 days. It is the ninth month in the Hijri calendar. This holy month is distinguished by being the month in which the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), where Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to sunset. Fasting is the fourth pillar of the five pillars of Islam.

The month of Ramadan is the month of spiritual discipline, meditation, and effort to do good deeds, in addition to focusing on charitable work and giving to earn thawab.

The meal is eaten before dawn is known as Suhoor, while the meal after sunset when Muslims break their fast is called Iftar. One of the Ramadan customs in Riyadh is to spend time with family and friends for Iftar or Suhoor because it is a great time to meet and enjoy delicious foods.

Najd dishes have been inherited by generations with different recipes from family to family, and their dishes are dominated by broth, wheat, and rice, with a variety of spices and fragrant spices. It is also known that the preparation process takes a long time, but the result is well worth the effort. If you are planning to have a group Iftar, be sure to look at the following Najd menus. Iftar tables in Riyadh are filled with all kinds of Najdi pastries, and the fast ends with a famous meal called Jareesh. It is one of the most famous Najdi dishes and is similar to condensed porridge. It has tomatoes as per your choice, in addition to Al Quran: which is a traditional meat broth cooked with vegetables, spices and dried bread chips.


Sweets are equally delicious. One of the most famous types of Najd sweets known as Alhanini is eaten at all times, especially in the winter season. It is made by mixing toasted wheat bread with seeded dates and melted butter. One of the famous sweets is also Kleija, which is a biscuit stuffed with various fillings such as date paste or sweet nuts, and it is shaped like a disc embossed with a custom wooden mould. These sweets are in harmony with a cup of Saudi coffee.


After breakfast, people start preparing to go to Tarawih prayers and also prefer to spend time shopping and going out to the theme parks.


When does Ramadan end in Riyadh (KSA)? Upon sighting of the upcoming new moon, Eid al-Fitr is celebrated with new clothes, special prayers, visits to family and friends, and of course, plenty of food. Then life returns to normal until Ramadan next year.


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