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Welcome Ramadan

During the holiday season in December of 2015, I realized how much I love the lights, the decor, the warmth, and the shopping – of Christmas. I feel excited for the shopping malls to light up their tree, “deck the halls”, and become beautiful, in the celebration of the Winter season. Growing up in Canada, I have become accustomed to feeling this “warmth” every December, and the cheery nature of fellow Canadians.

Now that I’m older (and wiser!) I realize that Muslim countries around the world celebrate the Ramadan season with just as much pomp and circumstance! Lights, special decor, shopping malls and souks open late, and food – lots of delicious iftar food.

All of these realizations led me to create the worldwide #WelcomeRamadan party! An opportunity for all of us to ring in the most blessed month of the year with beauty…because Allah loves beauty.

We collaborated with brands around the world to create special #WelcomeRamadan parties and events for our community to participate in. To make it even more fun, we live broadcasted our parties on facebook so we could learn more about how people celebrate in different areas of the world.

All of us had the number one goal of ensuring children (and adults!) were excited for Ramadan and knew Ramadan was here! We hope to make this a yearly occasion among our communities. If your place of business is interested in participating next time around, email team@salamshop.ca and ask to be put on the #WelcomeRamadan list for 2017.


Salam Shop – Mississauga, Canada

View our livestream(s) here: https://www.facebook.com/MySalamShop/ (Click on Videos)

*Just a side note, it is so SO cute – you and your kids will definitely enjoy the videos 🙂

On Sunday June 5th, Salam Shop welcomed Ramadan with a full day of fun. The day started off with the Ramadan Rangers chatting about how kids can get involved in their amazing Ramadan food drive for Muslim Welfare Centre, Food for Life, and Islamic Relief. These wonder kids are all age 10 and under, mashallah.

The Ramadan Rangers with their mums (and me!)

The Ramadan Rangers with their mums (and me!)

This was followed by Ramadan story time (and prizes!) with Hina, a longtime lover and supporter of Salam Shop. She read “Lailah’s Lunchbox” and “Hamza’s First Fast” to a large group of children, eager to listen and win prizes! Hina also kept the kiddies occupied with a Ramadan craft using paper bags and construction paper to create Ramadan mosques.

Ramadan story time with Hina!

Ramadan story time with Hina!

We didn’t forget about parents and adults! Kenda (from @simplykenda) and Maryam (from @healthygenie) joined us for a “date” in the afternoon. They discussed healthy meal planning in Ramadan (and Kenda equipped us with a meal planning worksheet), as well as the importance of dates!

Our lovely intern, Palvascha, serving free kashmiri chai all day!

Our lovely intern, Palvascha, serving free kashmiri chai all day!

Alhumdulillah, the day was festive and the general feedback was that both kids and parents were even MORE excited about Ramadan because of our event. Subhanallah!

 


Mubarakville – New York, USA

View their livestream here: https://www.facebook.com/mubarakville (Click on Videos)

On June 5 Mubarakville hosted a Welcome Ramadan Party with Events By Khadejah. The theme was “moon sighting” and kids were able to create their very own OREO moon phases, as well as telescopes to use while searching for the Ramadan Moon.

Oreo moon sighting activity for kids! Educational and delicious 🙂


 

Modern Eid – California, USA

View their livestream here: https://www.facebook.com/moderneid/ (Click on Videos)

On June 4th,  modernEID teamed up again with Macy’s South Coast Plaza in California to host a Welcome Ramadan event. The event was bustling with music and light refreshments. There was also a kid’s craft activity station, Ramadan inspired flash tattoos, and free modernEID gift-wrap with any fragrance purchase.
Macy's and Modern Eid. It's touching to know children can now have memories of celebrating Ramadan while shopping with their parents, a simple thing many of us never had growing up.

Macy’s and Modern Eid. It’s touching to know children can now have memories of celebrating Ramadan while shopping with their parents, a simple thing many of us never had growing up.


The Date Palm – Markham, Canada

The Date Palm collected donations for Islamic Relief and with every $1 donation they received a chain link to add to their “charity chain” that will continue to grow throughout Ramadan and decorate their store. Customers had the chance to customize their chain link by writing their name or greeting on it!
All proceeds from the date palm necklace were given to charity.

All proceeds from the date palm necklace were given to charity.

 


And that’s a wrap! Thank you to ALL of the brands that participated in the #WelcomeRamadan party and provided us with details about their party so we could share it will all of YOU!
Stay tuned for more Ramadan goodness throughout the month by following us on instagram and facebook! Sign up for our newsletter to get all the juicy details on events and product specials.
Happy Ramadan to all!

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