Asharq Al-awsat English Middle-east and International News and Opinion from Asharq Al-awsat Newspaper

Ramadan Mass Iftar Table in Egypt Goes Viral on Social Media

Ramadan Mass Iftar Table in Egypt Goes Viral on Social Media

Tuesday, 19 April, 2022 - 07:15
Residents enjoy the mass iftar. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Social media users in Egypt have shared photographs of a mass street iftar table surrounded by dozens of people breaking their fast.

Before the sunset call to prayer, a 1,000-meter table was placed in the heart of the El Matareya neighborhood, Cairo.

This mass iftar looked like a celebration with the Ramadan decorations and lanterns swaying above the diners.

“People expressed how much they missed this mass iftar, which was a yearly tradition in the neighborhood and halted due to the pandemic,” said Amir Karam, admin of "Matareya Youth" page on Facebook.

“This mass iftar tradition debuted seven years ago, but it was canceled in the past two years because of the pandemic and health restrictions,” he told Asharq Al-Awsat.

The table featured all kinds of food and deserts and required long hours of preparation. It was prepared by the neighborhood’s residents who shared the burden equally on this day to spend a few hours of companionship on a Ramadan night.

“The residents, from all ages, helped make this day happen. They spent money to buy needs, and prepared food. Some participated financially, some cooked, while others organized the sitting area, decorated the place and cleaned after the gathering,” said Karam, who helped organize the event.

The iftar was unique and one of a kind. It was covered with much interest by media outlets, photographers, and social media users, who shared pictures of it accompanied with captions praising the residents and their spirit for organizing such a gathering.

Editor Picks