The Ramadan fanoos, with its symbolic meaning to be the light of the world, or the light in the darkness, reiterates this same essence it once evoked today in the streets of Egypt.
Whether it’s the songs that we all know and love that start playing as soon as we turn the fanous on, or the lights it emits that are typical of the Egyptian street in Ramadan, the fanous is an essential aspect of Ramadan and the Egyptian household. Egyptians are reminded of Ramadan when the fawanees begin to appear on the streets, arousing an almost nostalgic sentiment. Simply seeing a fanous can put a smile on anyone’s face!
If not for its beauty and its almost magical quality and its embodiment of thankfulness and gratitude, every Egyptian household should make sure to keep this happy reminder that Egypt is flourishing in their homes. Serving as a toy for children or a piece of décor hung in streets, in front of stores to attract attention, or even inside homes or gardens, this beautiful addition really helps with the Arab and Egyptian Ramadan spirit; its pink, green and yellow light is almost representative of the Egyptian street during this Holy Month.
So instead of shuffling through the countless pastry shops that sell almost the same exact desserts, buying a fanoos for an iftar gathering would be a more meaningful gesture, and would probably cost the same if not less than the generic and expected dessert. You might even be doing something nice for the Egyptian economy!
No one can make the fanoos like the Egyptians; the Chinese and Syrian fawanees were regarded as being of lower quality and simply do not measure up, according to Egyptians. No one does anything like the Egyptians! Not only has the Ramadan fanoos helped in lighting up this Holy Month, but it has also helped the rapid growth of the Egyptian industry.
This was made possible after the ban placed by the Minister of Trade and Industry on imported fawanees. This ban is actually better for the average Egyptian citizen, as imported Fawanees are much more expensive and local ones are extremely affordable and easy to find, making it a source of “akl 3eish” for many as well.
The fanoos proved not only to be the reason for the smile on the faces of children and adults during Ramadan, but also proved to be a huge factor in the boosting of the Egyptian economy and industry after a few years of disappointment, upholding and maintaining its lovely meaning to be the ‘light in the darkness’ for Egypt.