Ramadan … how fun it was when we were kids.
Our family tradition was for the whole family (meaning my family , my uncles wife and kids and my other 3 single uncles at the time ) to go to taita and seedos (grandparents) house for iftar on the first day of Ramadan.
I remember how much fun we had! All the kids would always wait anxiously outside on the veranda for an hour before the sun sets to wait for madfa3 Aliftar (they fire a cannon at sunset to announce breaking of the fast). As soon as it’s fired we would run inside and say, “darab ilmadfa3, darab ilmadfa3” so we can start eating and taita (Grandma) does her last minute things.
She would always make the following, wara2 dawali and koosa with rack of lamb (Ryash?) , shaikh ilmookhshy (koosa ma7shi bi laban ) hummus with meat and samneh … yuuummmmm and lentil soup that has kufta meatballs in it (yum yum that was my favourite , I would like gorge on that and ask taita to put extra kufta chunks for me , man I used to eat like a trucker , oh I guess I still do .. hehehehe) and for sweets she would make her famous 2atayef.
Right after we eat it was TV time to watch abu 3awwad. We LOVED it as kids and couldn’t wait for it to start. But I just wanna know one thing, how did we like it??? for real??? It was soooooooo lame but we loved it. Also we watched other Nabil Sawalha shows over the years. Then we would watch fawazeer Shirihan, 7awl al3alam yalla nteer 3alla tayert fawa fawazeer (or something like that) She was amazing!
Then after a while people chow down the dessert and drink their tea and start heading home to spend the whole night with the family.
I don’t know but when I was a kid I used to love Ramadan more, it was more special for me. When we grew older we hated going to taitas house because we thought it was lame so we would eat sooo fast so we can run home to go out with our friends.
When we were kids we were also more pure of thought, now we always have negative thoughts and gossip thoughts and angry thoughts, all we thought about when we were kids when we were fasting was how amazing we were and how much God loved us because we were fasting and about that Lentil soup ( I guess I still have thoughts about that lentil soup still hehehehe, I think I am going to make it on Sunday).
By the way, is there still a Madfa3? Did they start doing it again because I remember it stopping for years and it wasn’t there when I left Jordan.
If it did stop you guys living in Jordan should start a petition to reinstate it, It was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cool.