Ramadan - a Month of Fasting and Special Food
One day, Muhammad was sitting alone in the wilderness near Mecca, when Angel Gabriel appeared before him. For the upcoming ten days, the Angel taught him verses through the Quran, which he memorized. Islamic scholars believe that the first revelation occurred around the 27th evening of Ramadan. This night is thus called Laylat-at-Qadr - Night of Power. This is when God determines the course of the world for the following year, according to the Quran. Buffet Ramadhan Casa Ombak
Ramadan, the 9th month within the Moslem calendar, is a period when Moslems concentrate on their faith and spend less time on the worries of their everyday lives. It really is a time of worship and contemplation.
Throughout Ramadan, Moslems fast the entire month. This is known as the Fast of Ramadan. During this time, strict restraints are put in the daily lives of Moslems. They are not permitted to drink or eat through the daylight hours. At the end of the day, the fast is broken with prayer along with a meal known as the iftar. At night following the iftar it really is customary for Moslems to travel out visiting friends and family.
For iftar, the food prepared is rather unusual and appears almost only during Ramadan. Iftar begins with dates, in imitation of the items the Prophet ate throughout the iftar from the first Fast of Ramadan. Then kanji is served. This is extremely different to the kanji that Sri Lankans normally enjoy. Spices and herbs and frequently chicken or beef is added to this kanji, which makes this almost food by itself. Buffet Ramadhan Casa Ombak
A number of the other dishes found in this month are surtapam - rolled pancakes with panipol (grated coconut combined with treacle and lightly spiced with cardamoms), pillawoos - crunchy, deep-fried banana batter, drizzled with treacle, ada - soft, juggery cakes, addukku Roti - layers of pancakes having a minced beef or chicken filling, baked within a pastry covering, pastol - rice flour and coconut patty with tripe filling and al-basara - shredded beef or chicken with semolina and baked just like a cake.
When the fast ends (the first day of the month of Shawwal) it is actually celebrated in a holiday called Id-al-Fitr - the Feast of Fast Breaking. Gifts are exchanged. Friends and family gather to pray in congregation and then for large meals.