The Timeless Tradition of Qahwa: A Journey Through Ramadan and Eid

Ah, the allure of Arabic coffee! It's not just a drink; it's a cultural voyage that captivates the senses and warms the soul. My fascination with this aromatic brew began 16 years ago, with a single cup of Arabic coffee with cardamom offered by my future mother-in-law. Since then, I've been immersed in the world of Arabic coffee - qahwa, delighting in every aspect of its rich tradition.

Join me on a journey through the heartwarming rituals that surround Arabic coffee with spices, especially during the holy month of Ramadan and the festive celebration of Eid. Ramadan, a time of fasting and reflection, is also a time for community and connection.

As the sun sets, families gather to break their fast with iftar, where qahwa takes center stage. During Ramadan, every house I come to the first thing that people are offering are qahwa from the Arabic traditional coffee pot - dalla and dates and this is how people are breaking the fast. It was such a surprising experience to me.

Arabic coffee isn't just a drink during these occasions; it's a symbol of hospitality and welcome. The act of preparing and serving qahwa is a gesture of generosity, inviting guests to partake in a shared experience. The aroma of freshly brewing methods of qahwa signals all to come together, fostering conversations that transcend boundaries.

In the Arab world, refusing a cup of coffee can be equivalent to refusing friendship. Accepting this gesture is more than just accepting a drink; it's accepting an invitation into someone's life. During Ramadan and Eid gatherings, conversations flow freely, fueled by the warmth of qahwa and the spirit of togetherness.

In my own family, qahwa has always been at the heart of our iftar gatherings. The daily ritual of brewing qahwa for my loved ones is a cherished tradition, filling our home with its rich aroma and bringing us closer together.

As Ramadan draws to a close, the celebration of Eid al-Fitr begins. Qahwa continues to play a central role in these festivities, symbolizing gratitude and togetherness. The preparation of coffee becomes a communal activity, with each cup poured symbolizing hospitality and warmth.

As we celebrate Eid al-Fitr, let's remember the timeless tradition of qahwa. Let's savor its flavors and aromas, cherishing the moments of connection and joy it brings. Join us on this aromatic journey, as we share stories, honor traditions, and embrace warmth—one sip at a time.

Share your qahwa experience this Eid and tag with #qahwatime

Ramadan Kareem and Eid Mubarak to all!
Medina Ilyas

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