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Iftar: Kazan Hosts One of the Largest Breaking Fasts in Russia

Lifestyle & Health

Aigul Minabutdinova

Sun, 26 May 2019 11:16 GMT

The Kazan arena stadium, which hosted the World Cup in 2018, has been turned into a grand prayer hall and dining room for one evening only. Religious sermons, adhan, collective prayer and joint breaking the fast, it all looked like a mosque, not a stadium.

And this year the Iftar was organised for 15,000 people, the largest number so far in Kazan. One such mass Iftar took place on Saturday May 25th in the capital of Tatarstan, Kazan, for the seventh time.

The first Iftar for 1,000 people was in 2011 in the Millennium Square. In 2012 and 2013 it was cancelled, but was started again in 2014. In 2018, the Iftar in Kazan was organised for 10,000 people.

The Mufti of Tatarstan, Kamil Samigullin, said: “every year we get good reviews about this event. It is very important that people of different segments of the population are together at the same table to eat the same food - this unites our hearts.”

The main dish of Iftar was plov (a rice dish, whose recipe usually involves cooking in stock or broth, adding spices, and other ingredients such as vegetables or meat). 1.3 tons of rice, as well as 15 thousand chak-chak bars (Tatar national sweet), 600 kg of sweets, 600 kg of sausages, 850 kg of apples, 700 kg of pears, 750 kg of oranges have been purchased for the preparation.

1,400 volunteers took part in this event, the youngest volunteer being 16 years old, and the oldest one 79 years old. Boys and girls have been helping since early morning. And worked deep into the night. They washed fruits, chopped vegetables, set up tables, laid carpets, regulated guests' flows, answered their questions, helped the elderly, carried food, and then cleaned and washed everything.

And this large-scale Iftar in the Republic of Tatarstan has inspired other regions to do the same thing. There has been a Republican Iftar in Makhachkala, which was visited by the head of Dagestan, Vladimir Vasiliev. Perhaps the Russian record has been set by the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, who in 2016 organised the Iftar in Grozny for 35,000 people.