Published on July 17th, 2014
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan named July as National Ice Cream Month and July 15 as National Ice Cream Day. National Ice Cream Day is now celebrated on the third Sunday in July.
Some historians say that Arab traders first introduced the idea of frozen desserts to Europeans. They say that ice cream was invented when additional ingredients were added. The English word “sherbet” comes from an Arabic word that means “syrup” or “beverage.”
To make an “Arabian ice” frozen dessert, mix 1 cup of sugar with 2½ cups of water, and boil the mixture for 3 to 5 minutes. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Add 1½ cups of orange juice and ½ cup of lemon juice. Pour the mixture into a bowl and freeze. Remove from the freezer before it becomes solid, then beat until smooth. Return to the freezer until it’s firm. Scoop into a bowl, and serve like ice cream.
People in Arab lands are noted for showing hospitality to visitors. (Hospitality is showing kindness and generosity to guests.) They try to make sure that their visitors are comfortable and have plenty of good things to eat.
Hospitality becomes especially important during Ramadan, the ninth month on the Muslim calendar. This year, Ramadan occurs from late June until late July.
During Ramadan, Muslim adults and older children fast from sunrise to sunset. After sunset, they join friends and relatives for a meal and special treats.
Watch this video clip that explains how to pray for Muslims during Ramadan.