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We en­sconce in our cosy cor­ner, sharing our fast­ing day, sip­ping our long-awaited tea, which acts like a tran­quil­liser to our frayed nerves and takes away all the weari­ness – re­ju­ve­nat­ing us to get ready for the night prayers. Zoya Asma Khan One of the most re­lax­ing ac­tiv­i­ties we as a fam­ily en­joy do­ing af­ter if­tar and af­ter of­fer­ing our prayers is to drive to a park and have a pic­nic of sorts with friends and their fam­i­lies. It’s al­most like a cus­tom in our fam­ily. This year though, thanks to the sum­mer hav­ing set in, we might visit some of the Ra­madan night mar­kets that have come up across the city. Apart from a va­ri­ety of food avail­able, there are also plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties that will keep the chil­dren en­gaged, not to men­tion some shop­ping, what with a lot of deals be­ing ad­ver­tised. Shaiza Ashraf Af­ter if­tar, like ev­ery Ra­madan, my fam­ily and I gather in the liv­ing room to have a sip of cof­fee and some sweets while watch­ing the Ara­bic an­i­mated shows. That usu­ally lasts for about an hour or two, be­fore we start get­ting ready to leave for the mosque. Zahra Al­lowa­tia I usu­ally go out with my friends for tea and dessert. We sit near the sea­side and chat, dis­cussing the day, be­fore we re­turn home. At other times we go for a walk in a neigh­bour­hood park. Fa­tima Suhail My friends call me a typ­i­cal Egyp­tian since I fit most of the stereo­types about them. This Ra­madan I’ve de­cided to prove them right and do what Egyp­tians do af­ter if­tar. Af­ter a heavy meal (stuffed pi­geons prefer­ably) I en­gage in a very pop­u­lar ac­tiv­ity called An­takha, where I lit­er­ately sit on the couch, stuff my face in the Nutella jar and pass out half-awake af­ter watch­ing gazil­lions of Ra­madan se­ries. Mirna Ab­delkrim Just af­ter if­tar, I head to Maghrib prayers with my brother. Then we sit around as a fam­ily and watch a Ra­madan pro­gramme on TV, all while en­joy­ing a cup of mint tea and bis­cuits. Then at about eight o’clock, we head to the mosque for Isha prayers, which is ac­com­pa­nied by Taraweeh, com­mon prayers done dur­ing Ra­madan. Noha El Chaarani Af­ter if­tar and prayers, it’s fam­ily time. One of the best mo­ments is when my grand­mother, mother and other fam­ily mem­bers sit around the din­ing ta­ble and share anec­dotes while munch­ing on spe­cially pre­pared snacks. My grand­mother en­joys telling us anec­dotes about the Ra­madan of her younger days in Ker­ala. She and my mum also use this fam­ily time to tell us stories from the Qu­ran. Feby Imthias

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