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RAMADAN

brings us together

featuring Dana Ahmed

photographer Moez Achour

location The Abu Dhabi Edition

Dana Ahmed shared with us what love and giving means to her, all the precious Ramadan moments she experienced with her family and the new traditions she wants to build with her son.

Dana Ahmed: What’s your fondest Ramadan memory from your childhood?

Tryano: I have a lot of Ramadan memories from my childhood, we used to come back from school, my mum would be cooking and all the family gathers at home. The most beautiful thing about Ramadan is that we all get together with my cousins and my aunts, we sit around the dining table and we have iftar together. These are all beautiful memories with the family that I cherish.

DA: What are your Ramadan traditions?

T: After I got married and the family grew, we gather every evening at my mom’s house, the house becomes crowded with me and my siblings, our families and most importantly the kids. We enter the house with the amazing smell of my mother’s cooking. Once the sun sets, we break our fast with dates and coffee, we go for the Magrib prayer and then we move to the dining table to enjoy the amazing variety of delicious food.

Dana Ahmed: What’s your fondest Ramadan memory from your childhood?

Tryano: I have a lot of Ramadan memories from my childhood, we used to come back from school, my mum would be cooking and all the family gathers at home. The most beautiful thing about Ramadan is that we all get together with my cousins and my aunts, we sit around the dining table and we have iftar together. These are all beautiful memories with the family that I cherish.

DA: What are your Ramadan traditions?

T: After I got married and the family grew, we gather every evening at my mom’s house, the house becomes crowded with me and my siblings, our families and most importantly the kids. We enter the house with the amazing smell of my mother’s cooking. Once the sun sets, we break our fast with dates and coffee, we go for the Magrib prayer and then we move to the dining table to enjoy the amazing variety of delicious food.

DA: What does Ramadan mean to you living in the UAE?

T: I was born and raised in the UAE and what I love about Ramadan in the UAE is the spirit of the month. All the lights, the crowds, the people in the streets, on the corniche, people offering coffee and dates. Everyone feels like they can enjoy Ramadan, regardless of their religion, everyone is brought closer together during this special period. Ramadan is a month of giving, tolerance, we all try to reflect on the year, to start fresh with ourselves but also the people around us. This year is the year of Tolerance in the UAE and this is reflected in people’s acts especially during this holy month where we all help each other and thrive to be better people.

DA: What do these words mean to you?

T: Love means family and this year this word means even more to me especially that I have a newborn son and this is his first Ramadan. I want him to feel the spirit of Ramadan, to experience the traditions, and create new memories with him and the family when we get altogether. I want him to learn how to be kind, tolerant, and giving.

Giving, kindness and tolerance are embedded in our family values especially during Ramadan. During this month, we make sure to give back to the community and the people around us. Ramadan is the time to reflect on what we have and give back to those in need, we are very lucky and some people are not as fortunate as us, that’s why we want to be there for them, help them and make them feel loved.