It is quite unusual to find restaurants open when the clock strikes 12 at night in Dhaka, the busiest city in Bangladesh. However, during Ramadan we can experience something different. During this time of the year many restaurants are found open at night. The busy bees living in the city take due advantage of this opportunity and go out after midnight to have their shehri and enjoy the panorama as well with their near and dear ones.
In the last 5-6 years the trend of having shehri outside has become quite popular. You can relate yourself to this trend owing to the fact that people from all walks of life (mostly the elite class people) nowadays hang out with friends and family members during shehri. Mahbub Bishal, a student from Brac University who lives in Mirpur, said, “This Ramadan I went to ‘Star Kabab’ along with my friends. ‘Star Kabab’ is a good place for foodies. We met after a long time, sat together for hours and ate delicious dishes.”
One of the reasons why people are inclined to this custom is the fact that you can beat the traffic. Wahiduzzaman, marketing manager of a reputed company, said, “I like culinary cuisines of Al Razzak hotel, especially their leg roast. I live in Uttara and it is difficult for me to go to Bongshal due to traffic. So, me and my wife went there for shehri a few days back. It was an easy go.” Moreover, the restaurants come up with especial offers or discounts during iftar and shehri which can be another reason of attraction.
Well, it is true that most of us have our iftar and shehri at home. But for a change sometimes you can go out late at night and spend some quality time with family and friends with mouthwatering food items. Sinthiya Haqoue, a student of North South University living in Ashulia, said. “For the last three years I am attending shehri night with my family held at Bashundhara convention centre. It’s open for all. We enjoy the varieties of food items served there and time spent together as well.”
Although shehri night-out is relatively a new trend, it is gradually gaining grounds. The practice is comparatively more popular in the urban areas. Well, there are some people out there as well who don’t even like the idea of doing shehri outside as having heavy food before fasting can cause health problems. Despite such minor complications, people dwelling in the capital are ready to embrace this new tradition as this trend can give you a little break from the hustle and bustle of city life.