Archive for May, 2017

To Aleppo With Love – Ma’arouk Nisf Sha’aban

May 11th, 2017

In Aleppo, Nisf Sha’aban is celebrated by making Ma’arouk Nisf Sha’aban (it is also called “Bariosh Nisf Sha’aban”) and Sambousek Lahmeh (meat pies). The recipe of Ma’arouk Nisf Sha’aban is the same to Ma’arouk Ramadan, but what makes it special is that it has to be formed into the shape shown in the photo above.

Let’s make Ma’arouk Nisf Sha’aban:

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Nisf Sha’aban – 2017

May 11th, 2017

Sha’aban is the eighth month of the Islamic calender, it is the month before Ramadan.

Nisf Sha’aban or Mid-Sha’aban is the 15th day of the eighth month (sha’aban) of the Islamic lunar calendar. Laylat Nisf Sha’aban is the night preceding the 15th day of Sha’aban. The most important event at the fifteenth of Sha’aban was the changing of the qiblah which was ordered by God from Masjid Al-Aqsa (Al-Aqsa Mosque) in Jerusalem, to Masjid Al-Haram (The Sacred Mosque) in Mecca.

In Syria, it is a tradition to celebrate Nisf Sha’aban every year. In Hama, special sweets are prepared for this occasion, these sweets can’t be found on other days of the year, they are Ma’amoul Abiad, Makbouseh, Mahia and Bashmina. In Aleppo, the food prepared for Nisf Sha’aban is different, the occasion is celebrated by making Ma’arouk Nisf Sha’aban (recipe next post) and Sambousek Lahmeh (meat pies).

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