I have always felt that decorating for Ramadan and Eid are really important regardless where you live in the world or even in you have kids. I feel that it is especially important for reverts who once lived a life full of holidays. As Muslims we only believe in our own holidays which are the two Eids but Ramadan is also important. Although it is not a holiday it is an important part of our religion and one of the pillars we believe in. I always feel that all the hype other religions brings sometimes makes people want to be part of it and not because they may believe in it but because it is human nature to be drawn to things that bring us together.
If you have children make their holidays just as exciting as other peoples but in a way that they can learn. This is a great time to teach them what Islam and being a Muslim is all about. All of my fond memories with my family includes baking Christmas cookies or hunting Easter eggs but as a revert and the mother of a Muslim child I want to give my son the same fond memories but in the way that we believe. We all want to have traditions that we pass on to our children just like our mothers did with us. We now have 25 days until Ramadan begins so it’s the perfect time to start collecting, buying or making decorations.
The day before Ramadan begins my son always loves to help me get the house ready with whatever decorations that we have. This is a really great bonding time for the entire family. Before I was even married, I also tried to decorate my house a bit because living in a place where I was the only Muslim could really bring me down. If you do not hype your own experiences no one else will.
Here are some ideas that may help you decorate for the Holy month:
Small lanterns can be placed around the table during iftar.
Place green and white candles around the house.
Decorate with balloons, banners, stars and moons.
For a few years now I have had a Ramadan/Eid board on Pinterest so check it out for some great ideas.