Ramadan and Orthodox Easter are both at our doorsteps and we’re ready for it. This year, Ramadan is expected to begin on April 13, 2021 and end on the sundown of Wednesday May 12, 2021, and Orthodox Easter is set for May 2. Both are a special time when people are fasting, getting together, and self-examining. It is about sharing, appreciating, giving, and having their beloved people around them, celebrating their culture and being thankful for everything they have.
What is Ramadan?
Muslims around the world will be observing this month through fasting from sunrise to sunset, abstaining from food and water until they can break their fast.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is considered a holy month that honours the time when Allah, via the angel Gabriel, revealed the first verses of the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, to a caravan trader named Muhammad. The final evening of Ramadan consists of a celebration called Eid-Al-Fitr, when the traditional month-long fast is ended with a feast.
5-course Meal Menu
This year, we’ve created a special menu for the blessed month of Ramadan. It’s a month that spreads love, peace, consciousness for the needy and inclusivity. Those are the core learnings of observation of Ramadan.
The menu items starts with something light to break the fast. It continues with some of the most special Arabic dishes, cooked following recipes of mothers from Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Egypt. The traditional certainly comes alive in these dishes. The options are also available in vegan to accommodate those observing Lent.
At $40 per person, you start with a cold drink that helps fasting thirst. You have 3 appetizers, a main dish followed by a hot drink and dessert. This price will be available during Ramadan and we will extend our hours until 10 pm to accommodate the sunset time.
Our Ramadan menu is available for takeout and dine-in. You can order from 6 pm to 9:30 pm (last call). We are also offering catering options.
Desserts have their great significance and presence during Ramadan. Yafa Cafe will be serving Ramadan’s most iconic treat of the Arab world! Qatayef! Made from yeasted pancakes stuffed with nuts or cheese, fried to crunchy, golden perfection then doused in a thick sugar syrup. Qatayef looks like a crescent and is light. This makes it easy to digest.
For Eid Al-Fitr and Orthodox Easter, stay tuned for our kaak, date or nut cookies made with semolina.
The occasions are usually filled with gatherings, gorgeous spreads of food and friends and family rejoicing For Ramadan, worshippers are breaking their fast together and sharing stories and prayers, and for Easter it marks the end of Lent celebrating and eating foods abstained from for 40 days. For a second year in a row, for many of us, it will not be possible. While most of the world remains in some form of physical distancing and lockdown measures, we hope that you will be able to celebrate with your friends and family via virtual and safe gatherings.
Giveaway & Giving Back
To mark the celebrations, we’re hosting a giveaway. We will be providing a lucky winner with 1 of our infamous gift baskets full of goodies. In addition, we will be donating 10% of the month’s sales to Manitoba Islamic Association. To enter our giveaway, hop onto our Instagram post to learn how you can win.