I am sorry it has been so long since I posted here, life has just gotten a little crazy (and by crazy I mean so many things… like sometimes I am so bored out of my mind I feel like I’m going to start creating imaginary friends, and then sometimes it will take from 9 until 3 to do some seemingly menial task like paying all the women in the Jamea. Every day is a surprise)
So I apologize for my absence, right now we are celebrating Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, meaning we don’t Eat, Drink, Smoke, or get busy while the sun is in the sky, so all day long we just kind of try to make it through, draging our feet, but as soon as the sun goes down the fun really begins. In my family, and really entire village, a typical ramadan day goes something like this,
wake up… well whenever you wake up, for me its usually 9, but the women in my family usually wake at about 6 before it gets hot and do chores, around 9 we head to the jamea (women’s association) and work on carpets for their homes (not for sale, like they usually are) around 12:30 head home, relax and spend time with family, watch some moroccan cooking shows, about ramadan foods it would be almost impossible to prepare where we live, because we physically do not have the ingredients, and then around 2:00 begin nap time. Nap time will last until around 4 (unfortunately I am terrible at sleeping during the day, so nap time has yet to include me, and thus I sleep until 9 every day).
At 4 we wake up and begin preparing for Lifdor or literal english translation Break-Fast (actually the same word we use for every day breakfast). Preparing Break Fast means cooking some type of bread (their are 3 main kinds here for break fast, Milluie, its a kind of flaky pastry like flat bread, fat bread, bread made with vegetables and some kind of fat inside, and behrir, a kind of crepe/pancake with honey and butter on top) and making sure all the things that are made in advance are ready, and my Host Aunt Fatiha always works on the last meal at this time to, at around 6:30 all preperation is over, and we sit in our backyard and wait for the call to prayer, this is my favorite time of day, the weather is perfect, and everyone is kind of giddy about fasting ending for the day. As soon as the sun sets my host uncle says the call of prayer in the mosque, and it is broadcast using speakers through out the village. We run to the well and get our first sips of water, and then everyone goes inside to pray.
We eat our lifdor meal starting with dates, then tea or coffee, 1/2 an egg, bread, shebikia (a really sweet fried cookie) and if were lucky some homemade juice, made from home grown fruit. During Ramadan all the TV shows are changed, for example, my family seems to love the turkish soaps, but durring ramadan they take a hiatus, and instead we watch the Moroccan chanels (which are all taking a break from their moroccan soaps) which are full of little skit shows, comidies, and my personal favorite the hidden camera shows. We watch these after dinner, and hang out with each other until about ten, when we eat soup, and then head to bed (my family has been sleeping outside! which is great because it gets SO hot here)
At around 2:30 or 3:00 we all wake up and have the last meal, which is just like a normal meal here, Tagine or duez and bread, and then everyone goes to pray and I go to bed, and the next day it starts right up again.
So sorry this got a little long but I hope you like my detailed description of Ramadan. As far as my actual feelings go about Ramadan, I love it, and most of the moroccans I have talked to about Ramadan love it to. Remember its fasting, but its also like a month of family time, people just spend time with each other, plus we eat tons, and I mean tons of delicious fruits, picked that day!