World Bulletin / News Desk
Tens of thousands of people ate Ramadan Iftar meals in Turkish capital of Ankara, breaking the world record for the largest number of people breaking fast together.
Attended by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 70, 000-people Iftar meal became the biggest iftar event in Turkey so far.
The Iftar record was hold previously by Istanbul's Esenler municipality with 20 thousand people. Ankara's goal was 50,000 people.
Iftar is the fast breaking meal for Muslims who avoid to eat, drink and sex during daytime, starting at dawn until dusk.
Ten platforms and nearly a hundred civil society organizations supported the iftar meal.
For 50 thousand pieces of meal, 5 tons of rice and 7 tons of meat were used for the meals.
Iftar menu was consisted of butter, honey, olive, palm, rice with chickpeas, meat roasting, walnut baklava, and yogurt drink (ayran).
Gathering at Ataturk Cultural Center, organisers also announced that nearly 70 thousand people attended the event.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice, every day during this month, Muslims around the abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours.
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