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Monday, July 21, 2014

Ramadan and iftaar menu in Bangladesh

My friend from Pakistan asked about Bangladeshi iftaar menu. I took some pictures of iftaar dishes to post at 'FaceBook' and at the same time I thought of posting something about our cultural or traditional iftaar food at my blog. Iftaar food varies in different countries around the world. There is a cultural or traditional iftaar menu at each region and so does the Bangladesh has.

Bangladeshi towns and villages come alive with lights and decorations on the street, in shops and in the market places as Ramadan is the one of the most celebrated Bangladesh festival of the year which masses of people participate.
Islam is the largest religion of Bangladesh, the Muslim population is approximately 148.6 million, which is the fourth largest Muslim population in the world (after Indonesia, Pakistan and India), constituting 90.4% of the total population as of 2010.
In Bangladesh, a wide variety of foods is prepared to break the fast at Maghrib time. Special dishes are prepared during the Fasting of Ramadan.

Some of the common iftar items from Bangladeshi iftaar menu include Piyaju (made of lentils paste, chopped onions, green chilies, like falafel), Beguni (made of thin slices of eggplant dipped in a thin batter of gram flour), Jilapi, Muri ( puffed rice similar to Rice krispies ), yellow lentil grains, usually soaked in water and spiced with onion, garlic, chilli and other iftar items), Halim, dates, samosas, Dal Puri (a type of lentil based savoury pastry), Chola (cooked chickpeas), fish kabab, mughlai paratha (stuffed porota with minced meat and spices), pitha, traditional Bengali sweets and different types of fruits such as watermelon.

 Drinks such as Rooh Afza and lemon shorbot are common on iftar tables across the country. People like to have iftar at home with all family members and iftar parties are arranged by mosques sometimes. People also arrange iftaar parties at conventions centers, restaurants or hotels.

Muri Bharta

Summer fruits festival and early years

The summer (May, June and July) is specially treated as fruit festival season in Bangladesh when almost all the major and minor fruits are matured and available. Mangoes,Jackfruit, pineapple, guavas, lichi, berries, palms are the main fruits of summer. Of them the mango is the most popular.
9th June, 2014 Monday at 'Lakehead Grammar School' premises was held 'Summer Fruit Festival'. It was a usual hot day but early year children were excited to see and recognize a wide variety of summer fruits at 'Summer Festival 2014'.
There was arrangement of fruits display along with posters and pictures of these fruits. There was an easel board to practice 'fruit printing' for students. Another place was used to show the drawings of students relating to summer fruits.

Fruits display at a corner

Children were enthusiastic to learn about summer fruits. They also recited rhymes relating to fruits.

Fruit printing with poster colors

Summer fruit pictures drawn by students of KG
Nursery class children saying rhymes

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Green Deen Day celebration at Lakehead Grammar School

The Green Deen events about 'Earth'  were started a month ago by relating all the activities or subjects to
support environmental protection. There were art projects, display boards, posters based on 'Earth or soil saving' topic.
Many role plays, rhymes and crafts were prepared for 'Green Deen Day Show'
Few glimpses of preparation can be seen in following pictures:

The main event was celebrated warmly on 1st of March, 2014 at front ground of Lakehead Grammar School. Program started at 8.30 am to 10.45 for boys and second part of event started from 12.00 noon upto 2.15 pm.

Logo of this event was 'Become the agents of saving the soil.'
Other motto's were 'Save the soil', Live Green, Be Green' etc.

First part of the event organised by and for male section:

Girls section:

Early Years event held at roof top of School:

Few sites of interests related to Earth day:

** 'Save the earth for kids'

** 'Kids for saving earth'

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Green deen our earth and islam

Lakehead Grammar School is ahead in the whole region by raising awareness and celebrating the events related to environment.

2011: Our 'Go green events started in 2011. March 12, 2011 'Green Deen Day' was celebrated first time.
Link to the post: Celebration of Go Green event at Lakehead Grammar School

2012: 'Lakehead Grammar School' raised awareness about essential energy resource 'Water' on 27th April, 2012.
Link to the post: Raising awareness about 'saving water' - Celebration of Green Deem 2012

2014: March 1st and 3rd 'Green Deen' events were organised related to 'Earth' topic. There is a strong relation of being muslim and Earth.  Deen in Arabic means religion but can also be translated to path or way. So a green deen is literally an environmentally friendly religion.

Islam is based on the understanding that Allah is One, andeverything comes from Allah – He is the Creator and Sustainer. Everything in the natural world is a sign of Allah’s creation.
Islam seeks for us to establish justice and to maintain the Ea rth’s delicate balance (Mizan)

We are required to honor the trust we have with Allah (amana) and bestewards of the Earth (Khalifah)
Living a Green Deen means knowing that we have undertaken a trust ( Amana ) with our Creator to protect the planet.

Earth Day was established in 1970 to raise awareness about the environment.
In the book, "Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet," Ibrahim Abdul-Matin outlines Islam's teachings about the environment, and encourages American Muslims to become more conscious of what they can do to protect the planet. Author Ibrahim Abdul-Matin says: "Green has become the catch-all word for being environmentally friendly.

Related posts:

** What Islam teaches Muslims about protecting the planet and environment?

** In Islam, every day is Earth Day

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A learning and fun nature walk

Today 2nd part of our learning and fun outdoor activity (nature walk) happened. All boys of all play group and nursery students participated in 'nature walk'. It was a very organized walk as young kids enjoyed walking and learning along with their teachers and class mates.

Some parents residing nearby areas were also there to see our 'nature walk' and even the passing elder citizens appreciated the discipline of students.
The people around that lake were excited to see long ques of children with happy faces. Many of them stopped and asked the name of the school and questioned about the purpose of this visit.
Getting ready in the classroom for exciting nature walk
Listening to safety instructions before the walk

A small bridge on Dhanmondi lake 
Peeling peanuts and counting
Teacher suggesting the young ones to relate peeling to addition and doubles

It was interesting to see an art students coloring a flower picture
The nature band was made with the dry leaves picked from the ground

A good time with friends
Teacher is teaching the name of plant
It is one of the pictures drawn by students of nursery class, imagining the scene (after coming back from nature walk)
I was amused listening a student, saying:  'I didn't know before that the nature is so beautiful!'
Despite of the dusty roads,  and footpaths it was an amazing morning time. The fog was thinning and sun rays were gradually emerging from clouds, it looked really awesome.

While searching more on this topic I came across a very useful post which I am quoting here:

'The benefits of outdoor play are really very basic,' says Harry Harbottle, a consultant in play and risk management, who was formerly appointed by the EU as a child safety expert to the European Standards Organisation. 'If children aren't allowed to engage with the elements – mud, water, air, even fire – how can they begin to understand the world that they live in?'

Harry argues that there is a need to move away from a culture of reluctance to let children explore outdoors. 'We are at last realising the consequences of children spending most of their time indoors,' says Harry. 'There are too many children who have been adversely affected by a lack of exercise and stimulation.'

In addition to the health and developmental benefits, outdoor education also helps to increase awareness of the environment. 'If we want people to become more environmentally conscious, what better way to do this than to encourage children to engage with nature?' asks Harry.

Reference: Take it Outside!

No doubt that "nature walk is a great way to enhance children’s appreciation of the natural environment."
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