Muslims in Windsor observe Ramadan with festive displays

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Zahraa Chami, right, alongside her sister Mouna, says people celebrating Ramadan are putting up larger displays to ensure that children in the community know it's as important a holiday as Christmas. (Sanjay Maru/CBC - image credit)
Zahraa Chami, right, alongside her sister Mouna, says people celebrating Ramadan are putting up larger displays to ensure that children in the community know it's as important a holiday as Christmas. (Sanjay Maru/CBC - image credit)

With Muslims restricted to online Ramadan services due to the pandemic, many in Windsor have taken to decorating their homes inside and out with themed displays.

"I think it makes us feel like we're not alone during this COVID times, and it just makes us feel we're recognizing this month and letting people know that even though we're behind closed doors it's still going on," said Zeina Nsagami.

This home on Gundy Park Crescent in Windsor features large, inflatables to celebrate Ramadan.
This home on Gundy Park Crescent in Windsor features large, inflatables to celebrate Ramadan.(Sanjay Maru/CBC)

Houses are festooned with inflatable mosques, signs that read Ramadan Kareem, which means have a generous Ramadan, and inside there are trees decorated with crescent moons and a calendar that counts down the days of the fasting religious observance.

Standing in front of large lettering on his home's lawn which says Ramadankareem, which translates to Generous Ramadan, 15-year-old Ali Bazzi says people are leaning into larger Ramadan displays due to the pandemic. This year marks the second Ramadan in a row that those celebrating have been encouraged to limit celebrations and gathering to their own household.
Standing in front of large lettering on his home's lawn which says Ramadankareem, which translates to Generous Ramadan, 15-year-old Ali Bazzi says people are leaning into larger Ramadan displays due to the pandemic. This year marks the second Ramadan in a row that those celebrating have been encouraged to limit celebrations and gathering to their own household.(Sanjay Maru/CBC)

"A lot of people are bored, so they do tend to decorate more and spend more time at home," said Ali Bazzi, adding that children are getting into the act.

Zeina Nsagami, standing in front of the Ramadan wreath on her front door, says larger Ramadan displays allow people to 'experience' the feeling of the holiday, as large gathering are prohibited.
Zeina Nsagami, standing in front of the Ramadan wreath on her front door, says larger Ramadan displays allow people to 'experience' the feeling of the holiday, as large gathering are prohibited.(Sanjay Maru/CBC)

"I think when we just see how people celebrate Christmas, for example, we see all those bright lights being put up in front of the houses, and it's actually really nice that the whole community is united in putting up such decorations," said Zahraa Chami.

The month of Ramadan ends on the evening of May 12 with the festival of Eid the next day, which usually includes a feast.