The White Nights of Ramadan

20 Sep

I ordered this book from the library during Ramadan.

Let me first say that the illustrations were beautiful. The story line was simple and captured the thoughts and actions of the child in the story – Noor.

This book is about a Ramadan related celebration in the Arabian Gulf region. The celebration itself is known as Girgian which translates to sweets or candies. It is a good book for those who want to learn more about the Gulf Arab traditions and culture. And we did.

Based on the title though I assumed that it was going to have an Islamic perspective of Ramadan. To be fair it did speak a little about charity and showed Noor praying salah and made mentioned of terms like muezzin and suhoor. However I would not pick this book if you are looking to create some conversation with your child about how to live Ramadan.

These are some of the pages from the book.

Noor and her brothers making colourful bags for Girgian night.

More colourful more candies.

Noor and her brothers, all dressed up and out on Girgian night collecting candies.

Now did this book create a conversation between my son and me? It actually created a discussion and a loudly voiced opinion from DS1. “This isn’t for us. This is like Halloween!”. That was the end of that conversation.


Posted by on September 20, 2010 in Ramadan, Reading/Books


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