The taste of hot potatoes and the warm laugh after Ramadan Iftar, the sandwiches that you were buying with your friend on the road to school, the moment of your return from the university, the smell of the stuffed filling the house and the joy of your mother with your joy with it, the country pies with relatives, the taste of fried eggs and the hands of the brothers who jostle and joke around, and every time A family, with every laugh the sweet scent of food All of this is the scent that turns knowledge into ten, a home into housing, and gatherings into memories that do not die.
From the first day in this life, food for a person is a means of nourishment and therapy, and it is also a means of communication and tenderness. The child cries, so his mother carries him and nurses him, so he relaxes and sleeps; It is an expression of concern and care, and a way to build trust between children and their parents. Read also In pictures – Ramadan in Iraq is a spiritual atmosphere and deeply rooted customs Ramadan is the time for “money lol” in Qatar … mischiefs, family solidarity, and sessions are customs that have ceased to exist and others resist.Fruits for Iftar and Tea for Suhoor .. Video – Ramadan customs for Chinese Muslims in Beijing Social solidarity in its best form .. That is why Iraqis adhere to these Ramadan customs and traditions
A cornerstone of building the family
An American proverb says, “The family that eats together stays together.” Family meals contain many elements of positive parenting. Creating a food routine within the same time makes everyone better organize their time to prepare the food. Even preparing food and cooperating in it establishes the value of cooperation and mercy, and dividing it with justice – especially what is expensive and sweet such as meat and sweets – among family members establishes the values of equality and feeling for others without forgetting ourselves.
Around the table, family members learn skills to speak clearly and concisely. So everyone can share their news before finishing food. The etiquette of speaking in not being interrupted imposes itself around food and whoever transgresses is repelled, and in that the value of respect and a feeling of the other is evident. This routine becomes the network that captures everyone after the trouble of today and extends support to those who need them in the face of tomorrow.
Food is a delight
Nobody likes grief at mealtime, it is easy for a person to lose his appetite if he becomes tired, so even if someone starts with a melancholy tone – and in every household at least there is someone like this – you find looks and warnings do not leave him. If it continues and this leads to the rise of a family member, the lesson is usually a deterrent. In short, family gathering at the dinner table is a natural way to focus on the positive.
Participate in cleaning the table, washing dishes and keeping leftovers in the refrigerator; A work in which there is no immediate reward, unlike preparing food, for after the stomachs are saturated, family members may withdraw quietly, but this is an essential time for consolidating other values, which are cleanliness and order and sharing work, even if it is boring, and this is a sense of responsibility that a person cannot succeed without, which is Which builds belonging to the home and leads to honoring parents who are tired in bringing and preparing food.
Food, tradition and pride in culture
Food is an essential part of the culture of every country, city, and family, as the special imprint of identity appears in the different recipes. If we take Egypt as an example, rice with vegetables is the natural for the people of Cairo, while the people of the countryside may prefer to eat vegetables in bread.
“I started my project from home with traditional food and it wasn’t asking much of me, but as soon as I specialized in popular food, people accepted a lot. The expatriate wants to return to the original and longs for the taste of his country and the food that we raised. On him from our grandparents, our mothers and our loved ones, whom we miss so much. “
Regarding food and memories, Randa says, “Every word about mansaf is a story. The first thing any expatriate wants when he visits his country is the food that he longs for. I try recipes and varieties to find out how our country is, and they find its smell while they eat.” Advertising
Does food unites peoples?
Randa answered, “Certainly, everyone loved mumbar, and the first thing she did was everyone flocking to him; Palestinians and Sudanese are next to the Egyptians, and at the same time Egyptians come asking for Mansaf and Shami kibbeh. Even Americans like to try other peoples’ foods and they like to eat us. Popular food is missing and looking for it. everybody”.
Family meals and emotional stability
Dr. Anne Fishel – a family therapist who helped create the Family Dinner Project (a non-profit organization that promotes rapprochement around the table) – says to Harvard University’s Edcast audio program: “I always joke and say if more families ate together. Regularly I won’t find work, because a lot of the things I try to do in family therapy are actually being accomplished through regular dinners. “
“For more than 20 years, there have been dozens of studies documenting that a family dinner is great for the body, physical health, mind, academic performance, spirit and mental health,” said Fishel, who is one of the supervisors of the Family Meal Project.
In terms of nutrition, Fishel said, “Cardiovascular health was found better in adolescents in families that eat together, because home-cooked meals have less fat, sugar and salt, even if the family does not intend, there are more fruits, fiber, vegetables and protein in those meals with calories.” Less thermal. “
It has also been proven – according to Fishel’s words – that “children who grow up eating family dinners tend to eat healthier food when leaving the family, and their obesity rates also decrease.”
It is true that life has become crowded, nerves tightened, and adhering to a family meal routine is exhausting, but being satisfied with it creates more difficulties that will require more effort to extinguish them later.