UNESCO: Iftar is included in the list of cultural heritage of humanity
Today, UNESCO approved the inclusion of "iftar" - dinner during the Muslim fast of Ramadan - in the list of cultural heritage of humanity.
Due to Azerbaijan, Iran, Uzbekistan and Turkey, "iftar" is included as "intangible heritage" in the field of "social and cultural tradition".
That decision was made by UNESCO's Interstate Committee for the Preservation of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which has been meeting since Monday in Kasane, Botswana.
"Iftar in Muslim countries is held at sunset during the month of Ramadan after all religious and ceremonial rites have been completed," UNESCO said.
Because it marks the breaking of the fast, it usually takes the form of a gathering or meal, strengthens family and community ties and promotes mutual aid, solidarity and social exchange, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization said.
This custom is passed down in the family, so children and young people are often entrusted with the preparation of the food for that meal.
In several Muslim countries "iftar" can be marked by eating a date or an olive - as in Turkey, which is consumed with water or tea. Recipes for dishes and cakes for that meal vary greatly from region to region.