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    Cost of living concerns to dampen Ramadan celebrations: survey

    A special lighting display in Piccadilly in central London, UK for Ramadan on 29 March 2023 (Photo: iStock)

    Cost of living crisis has put a dampener on Ramadan celebrations, with over 89 per cent of British Muslims saying costs will impact their Ramadan and Eid plans this year, according to a new research by supermarket group Asda.

    Nearly one in five (18%) plan to spend between £20-£30 less on food per week than in 2023, and 17 per cent will have to change cooking techniques due to energy prices.

    With a third (36%) admitting they’ll be forced to buy fewer or cheaper alternatives to what they’re used to, over one in ten people (11%) are concerned they won’t know what to cook with the ingredients they’re forced to buy, and 10 per cent are concerned they won’t be able to produce delicious, flavoursome meals.

    The research also revealed that when it comes to cooking Iftar and Ramadan meals at home, 72 per cent feel uninspired as to what to cook, 87 per cent resort to convenience over what they actually want to eat, and two-thirds (70%) feel that their meals are lacklustre.

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