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Exquisite Ramadan Recipes for Iftar and Suhoor

Learn about Ramandan; the food, the people and community.

This year, Ramadan begins at the first sighting of the crescent moon at sundown on Sunday, March 10, 2024. It is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and considered a holy month that honors centuries of traditions. Depending on the lunar cycle, Ramadan can last between 29 and 30 days. The Muslim community observes the Five Pillars of Islam: Sawm, the fast; Shahada, the declaration of faith; Salat, the prayers; Zakat, alms-giving or charity; Hajj, pilgrimage to Mecca, if able. These principles are part of Islamic life and during Ramadan there is a bigger focus on doing good deeds, living with a positive mindset and charity. It is a time of reflection and connection with loved ones. Learn more about the Muslim culture through the observance of Ramadan, the food and come together as a community through acts of kindness.

The First Pillar: Shadadah

Coming together through kindness, family and community.

The Shadadah is a profession of faith that is repeated with every prayer. It signifies oneness or “Tauhid”.

The Second Pillar: Salat

Centuries of traditions and culture.

Salat is practiced five times a day. Once at dawn, midday, afternoon, sunset and nightfall. Prayers are performed in cycles of bowing and prostration called Rak’at in the direction of the Ka’bah in Mecca.

The Third Pillar: Zakat

Connecting the community through donations and charity. Check out how you can participate with your local Big Y Supermarket.

Zakat means “purification”. A portion of one’s wealth to care for the less fortunate.

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The Fourth Pillar: Sawm

A daily observance of how fortunate we all are and the importance of helping others.

The fourth pillar of Ramadan is Sawm, or a fast. “Suhoor” is a healthy meal that is eaten before sunrise to sustain a day of fasting and then breaking the fast known as “Iftar” at sunset. Typically, dates and water are enjoyed ahead of a big meal. If a meal is prepared for someone less fortunate, it is said to bring many blessings.

Suhoor and Iftar Meals: Before and After Sunset-Inspired Recipes

Break fast with family, friends and people in your community with these delicious recipes.



Sweet and porous
honey candy.

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Creamy and crunchy almonds mixed
with sweet dates and coated in semi-sweet
chocolate and flaked coconut.

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Flavorful banana bread packed with
chopped nuts and sweet figs.

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Get your spoon ready for this
hearty and flavorful soup.

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Simple yet
so delicious!

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The perfect beverage for
an evening of reflection.

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A fresh and filling salad that
goes perfectly with anything!

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Elements of a Meal During Ramadan

Whether you are preparing for your fast or breaking it at sunset, we have some sweet treats and hearty bites to support your Ramadan observance.

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Suhoor Meal Essential

Before the sun breaks the horizon, try our fresh made hummus to help sustain your day ahead.



Big Y Hummus

10 oz
Made with the Freshest Chickpeas and the Perfect Blend of Spices. Rich in flavor and versatility and free of gluten and preservatives.


Mediterranean Fresh Hummus

8 oz
Made Fresh Daily, All Natural with No Preservatives. It's a Vegan, Dairy and Gluten Free Plant-Powered Source of Protein and Fiber. From Danbury, CT


Full Circle Market Hummus

8 oz

Rich in flavor and versatility and free from gluten and preservatives.

Hajj: A Pilgrimage

A journey rooted in family traditions and appreciated during Ramadan.

The Hajj, or pilgrimage to the Ka’bah in Mecca. The Hajj is required at least once of every Muslim in good health and with the financial means.