Turkish Cultural Center Boston and Boston Dialogue foundation held its second Iftar dinner on wednasday, July 1,2015 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology( MIT). Around hundred fifty from various faith traditions and cultural backgrounds attended the dinner to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. The program consisted of a short video about Ramadan and a Quran recitation followed by dinner and engaging conversations amongst guests. The event was a great opportunity for everyone to share their stories and get to know each other. At the end of the program, some of the sisters and brothers took stage to share their experiences about the evening. Each of them highlighted the importance of sharing and dialogue for community building in their own words.
The Iftar is the evening meal after sunset that concludes the daily fasting during the month of Ramadan. Observers around the world gather with families, loved ones, and communities to break their fast together. For observers, the Iftar dinner and Ramadan are a time to reflect on humanity and to reaffirm commitments to helping the less fortunate. This year, Ramadan, which follows the lunar calendar, is taking place during the longest days of the year.