Saudi Arabia: What is Suhoor?

 

After iftar, suhoor is the other important meal during Ramadan.  Suhoor is the morning meal before the day of fasting.  It is eaten before the fajr prayer, before dawn breaks the sky.  Because suhoor is the only meal a Muslim may eat prior to the day of fasting, in many cases it may be a heavy meal.  Some families treat suhoor like dinner and serve roasted chicken, lasagna, lamb and many other choices.

 

During the first two weeks of Ramadan when my husband and I were usually working we viewed our suhoor more like a traditional breakfast.  My husband enjoyed scrambled eggs and pancakes as his suhoor.  I would typically have a few dates.  I found that the dates gave an additional burst of energy.  It would also be important to get plenty to drink since the fast also includes refraining from water as well as food.

 

The last two weeks of Ramadan when most places close and individuals are more in a “holiday” spirit, it was easier to make a transition to the heavier suhoor meal.  With individuals off from work and school it was very typical to have suhoor parties with many visitors.  Suhoor would either be served at a residence or a group would go to one of the many restaurants that would offer suhoor specials.

 

My first year in Saudi it was an adjustment for me to adapt to the concept of having a large dinner with family or friends at three or four in the morning.  Yet after that first year it became normal.

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6 Responses

  1. what’s with all the ‘foody’ posts? they are making me hungry 😉
    my goodness Saudi food looks absolutely delicious!

  2. It’s that time of the year in Saudi when food is uppermost on the mind!

  3. I arrived in Saudi on the 31st of July just in time for Ramadan.It is true about the large meals late in the night or early in the morning. I am enjoying getting used to things here….It is a process!! AND…the food is very delicious.

  4. About 3 weeks after Ramadan, Bob, you’ll start seeing the real routine of Saudi Arabia! (smile)

  5. […] to starting the fast and before the sun rises, Muslims will have “suhoor.”    This is the meal which must sustain them throughout the day while they fast.  […]

  6. […] to starting the fast and before the sun rises, Muslims will have “suhoor.”    This is the meal which must sustain them throughout the day while they fast.  […]

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