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My Magazine 2024/03
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Ramadan, the holiest month in Islam, is a time of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. One of the most significant aspects of Ramadan is the daily breaking of the fast, known as Iftar. In The Gambia, Iftar is not only a religious observance but also a cherished cultural tradition that brings families and communities together in a spirit of unity and gratitude.

Iftar is the evening meal with which Muslims break their fast during the month of Ramadan, typically at sunset. In The Gambia, Iftar is observed with reverence and joy. Families gather at home or in mosques to break their fast together, often with dates, water, tea, bread, or porridge.

Common foods prepared for Iftar in The Gambia include dishes such as Domoda (peanut stew), Benachin (one-pot rice dish), Yassa (marinated grilled meat, chicken or fish), fried fish, chips, mashed potatoes, salads, fruits, and other vegetables. And also specialities such as Chakry (millet couscous pudding), porridge, bush teas, Boabab juice and Bissap (hibiscus drink) are often enjoyed during Iftar in The Gambia.

One traditional custom is to bring people together before breaking the fast as a community, followed by sharing food and blessings with family, friends, and neighbours. Families often invite relatives, friends, and neighbours for Iftar, promoting a sense of togetherness and solidarity within the community.

Muslims often recite the dua (supplication) "Allahuma inni lakasumtu wabika Amantu Wa'alaika Tawakkaltu wa'ala Riz Kika Aftartu" for breaking the fast, expressing gratitude for the sustenance provided by Allah.

The observance of Iftar may vary based on regional customs and cultural influences, with different communities adding unique traditional food and drinks for the occasion.

Tourists have the opportunity to witness and participate in Iftar gatherings with local families and communities, providing them with a deeper understanding of Gambian culture and traditions through attending such gatherings organized by groups, mosques or individuals at their various places.

Tourists can often arrange to join local families for Iftar through culturally organized trips with locals, homestays, or community-based tourism initiatives, offering a firsthand experience of Gambian hospitality and Ramadan traditions.

As Iftar is an integral part of Ramadan, let's look at the hotels and restaurants offering everyone a chance to break their fast with a feast. Let's have a look at these places!

1. Bojang River Lodge

Indulge in an exquisite Ramadan offer featuring Pasta with Ratatouille Sauce paired perfectly with a selected soft drink. For just GMD450 per person, savour every flavourful bite while enjoying the serene ambience of the lodge. As a special touch, your meal includes a small bottle of water and tea or coffee, ensuring a refreshing experience during your meal.

Time: 7 pm
GMD450 per person

Tel: +220 202 2998

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2. Kombo Beach Resort

Experience the essence of Ramadan with a tantalizing array of starters followed by a lavish buffet spread. From traditional favourites to exotic delicacies, a feast that celebrates the spirit of togetherness and gratitude awaits you.

Time: 7 pm daily
Adults: GMD1000
Kids: GMD500

Tel:+220 545 7777 or +220 764 7777
WA: +220 545 7777 or +220 764 7777

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3. Royalisto

Delight your palate with a delectable meal featuring a starter, main course, and dessert, all elegantly presented on one plate. Complete your dining experience with a soothing tea or coffee, perfectly complementing your meal.

Time: 7 pm daily
GMD600 per person

Tel: +220 799 9939

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4. Tamala Beach Resort

Indulge in a sumptuous feast featuring traditional Ramadan delicacies in a serene beachfront setting, surrounded by the tranquil rhythms of the ocean. From succulent starters to flavourful main courses and decadent desserts, Tamala's Iftar Dinner promises to nourish your soul.

Time: 7 pm daily
GMD1000 per person

Tel: +220 732 7777
WA: +220 732 7777

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5. Plass Bi 

Plass Bi offers you six tantalizing options for Iftar. Whether you crave traditional flavours or innovative twists, our menu has something for everyone. From succulent meats, seafood, and chicken,  to vibrant vegetarian dishes and decadent desserts, every bite is a journey of taste and texture. 

Time: 7 pm
Tel: +220 297 7737

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6. Coco Ocean Resort & Spa

From cold and hot mezze to soul-warming soups and from sizzling mixed grill platters to the freshest Atlantic Catch of the day, Coco Ocean Resort & Spa Iftar offers something for everyone. Quench your thirst with a selection of refreshing juices and end your meal on a sweet note with a choice of delectable desserts. 

Time: 7 pm
GMD 1900

Tel: +220 446 6500

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