JEDDAH: Every year before the start of the holy month, Saudi women dress up their homes with the trendiest Ramadan-themed decorations.

Samer Musa, owner of a Ramadan decoration shop in Al-Balad, told Arab News that demand has skyrocketed this year, following the pandemic.

“Demand usually starts to peak two weeks before Ramadan, but with fewer social distancing restrictions this year, sales started to increase significantly a month ago,” he said. he declares.

Popular decorative items include lanterns of different sizes and colors, twinkling lights, crescent moons, textile products like “shkaly”, a vintage printed fabric with a distinctive hot pink rose, and “khayamiya”, a fabric bearing geometric and curvilinear arabesque motifs.

Musa said the hottest items this year are “gold metal lanterns, printed throw pillows and retro Egyptian cartoon characters such as Bakkar, Buji, Tamtam and others”.

The hottest items this year are golden metal lanterns, printed cushions and Egyptian retro cartoon characters such as Bakkar, Buji, Tamtam and others.

Samer MusaStore owner in Al-Balad

Decorations can be purchased online or at stores such as CenterPoint, IKEA, SACO and Al Hadaya Center, which have separate sections for Ramadan-themed party supplies and decorations.

Nema Fadhel, a mother of five and a collector of Ramadan lanterns, said she prepares her Ramadan decorations two months in advance.

“I have a collection of 15 lanterns, and the collection keeps growing. Usually I bring them from Egypt and Jordan and from stores like Al Hadaya Center as well as Al-Balad because they have the best trendy collections of lanterns, twinkle lights, straw baskets and candles. To ensure I get a unique lantern, I order from Instagram shops,” she said.

In addition to bringing a happy atmosphere to the home, Ramadan decorations motivate children to stick to their fast, Fadhel said.

“I make sure to make decorations from scratch with my kids. It’s a way to instill the love of this month in them, and it helps us as parents to familiarize them with the concept of fasting,” Fadhel said.

“Gargee’an” is another common Ramadan celebration in some Gulf countries and Saudi Arabia. The festive event, which takes place on the 15th night of the Islamic month of Sha’ban and the 15th night of Ramadan, requires a lot of decoration and preparations.

Usually, women and children dress up in Ramadan jalabiyas and distribute Ramadan-themed gifts and sweets to each other.

A few days before Ramadan, the Al-Harthi exhibition center in Jeddah, transformed into a vaccination center against COVID-19, opened its doors for the first time since the start of the pandemic two years ago.

Manal Mubarak, one of the visitors, told Arab News, “I love coming here every year, and I’m so happy that we can enjoy Ramadan decoration shopping again after two years of the pandemic.”

Mubarak has a corner in his living room dedicated to Ramadan decorations.

“I like to renew my Ramadan decoration every year, and this year I am hypnotized by the lanterns, tables and trays of the fairgrounds. The cushions are also so beautiful,” she said.

Families can shop the exhibit, open until April 2, for the best Ramadan decorations, clothing and food items, including many Egyptian and local products.