TEHRAN – Iran has submitted a dossier on the Iftar meal to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for possible joint registration between the Islamic Republic, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan.
During Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, believers abstain from food and drink during the day and break their fast with evening iftar meals which vary from simple plates of bread, dates, cheese and tea to heavy dishes.
On March 29, Ali Darabi, Deputy Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts, said the file of “Iftar and its related social and cultural traditions” had been sent to the United Nations body. for further examination.
Darabi noted that the nomination dossier “has been compiled at the suggestion of Iran and with the cooperation of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan, and will be presented to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee of the UNESCO in 2023”.
Furthermore, the official said that the spiritual tradition of pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) as well as sustained efforts to safeguard hospitality services for Razavi pilgrims may soon join the list of cultural treasures of the country. ‘UNESCO.
For Muslims, the ninth month of the lunar Islamic calendar, Ramadan, also known as “Ramazan-e Karim” (benevolent/merciful Ramadan), is a time to practice humility, patience , simplicity, empathy and acceptance. when things don’t go their way. This is also the time to forge stronger bonds of camaraderie.
Muslims observe religious fasting from dawn (fajr) to sunset (maghrib) and pray more than usual and with even more intensity to draw closer to God. Ramadan is traditionally a time of great hospitality and generosity, so go ahead and accept Ramadan sweets or invitations to parties, parties and family gatherings. For Muslims, everything is done ceremonially and consciously in accordance with what has been passed down from generation to generation.
Their goal of observing Ramadan rituals is to resist temptation in all its forms. Purity of thought, intention and deed is emphasized while the road to self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, compassion and affection is paved with willpower and endurance.
Visiting Iran during Ramadan can be a memorable and first-hand experience for many foreigners. During such a time, however, there are some do’s and don’ts you should be aware of.
As a foreign traveler, you must be respectful of the culture and beliefs of the country to which you are invited. Avoid eating in front of Muslims during the month, just eat in a quiet place, or at least in obvious tourist areas.
Eating, drinking and smoking in public are strictly prohibited as they are considered acts of temptation; especially for locals, where failure to observe Ramadan can lead to penalties. However, there are exceptions for sick, pregnant or physically weak people and even long-distance travelers!
Conversely, during Ramadan, you can eat your heart from sunset to sunrise. Almost all restaurants, food stalls and even households have food ready after dark.
After a long day of fasting since dawn, Muslim families gather at sunset to break their fast over a meal called Iftar, which is usually more than just a meal at the end of a ritual day.
During the day, all restaurants and cafes are closed, however, at sunset, Iftar street meals are ready to be had for those who cannot return home in time to break their fast.
To bring more convenience to devotees, working hours in Iran are changed during this month to make the experience of this month as convenient as possible.
This year’s Ramadan begins tomorrow April 3 and is expected to end on May 1. Ramadan ends with Eid al-Fitr, a joyous holiday when Muslims celebrate 29 or 30 days of fasting from dawn to sunset; complemented by many traditional dishes and family gatherings.
Due to the nature of the lunar calendar system, the dates of Ramadan vary every year and there is always some kind of disagreement among scholars as to exactly when Ramadan begins or ends.
Traditionally, the new crescent moon that can be seen with the naked eye marks the start of a new lunar month, but nowadays Muslims prefer to turn to astronomical calculations to avoid such confusion.