|It is this time of the year to catch up with you and share a few of my thoughts about the holy month of Ramadan. It is a pleasure to connect with all the readers of the Arab Times once again.|
As we are blessed with the holy month of Ramadan this year, we should remember the special and unique ways Muslims celebrate this month. It is a month of family gatherings and social get-togethers for a period of rejoicing in community activities and friendliness. Here in Kuwait the diwaniya defines Kuwaiti social life. It is an important aspect of Kuwaiti culture and traditions, forming an integral part of social life especially during Ramadan. Kuwaitis and friends gather at the diwaniya to discuss different issues ranging from politics to sports.
In Ramadan, diwaniyas in Kuwait tend to focus more than usual on offering help to people who are less fortunate and in need of assistance. The diwaniya lifestyle is even more in the spotlight in the holy month of Ramadan, as they are open to many visitors. Kuwaitis and friends of different backgrounds and nationalities join together to greet each other and discuss different daily subjects.
The traditions of attending and visiting diwaniyas has been passed from one generation to another. Visiting a traditional Kuwaiti diwaniya you can learn about the history, customs and traditions of Kuwait’s social life. It is a chance to meet and talk with local members. Usually traditional tea and coffee are served as well as Ramadan sweets.
The Kuwaiti diwaniya in Ramadan is really a beautiful feature of Kuwaiti culture. I personally visit as many diwaniyas as I can during the holy month of Ramadan. For me, getting together with others to share in the joy of Ramadan is a special blessing and makes my life so much fuller.
Ramadan Kareem to all of the readers.
By Tarek Aleryan – TV Announcer and Producer