RIYADH: MD. RASOOLDEEN
Sunday 22 July 2012
Last Update 22 July 2012 9:54 am
A grand iftar for Sri Lankans will be held in Riyadh on Friday Aug. 3, the Sri Lankan Embassy announced yesterday.
The annual event is sponsored by the Sri Lankan Embassy in cooperation with the Sri Lankan Expatriates Society (SLES) and is funded by members of the Muslim community and private sector.
All Sri Lankan expats and their families living in the Kingdom are invited.
In preparation for the event, the island's ambassador Ahmad A Jawad met Sri Lankan Muslim philanthropists at his residence. Iftar is held every year during the month of Ramadan and people from all communities lend their support to make it a success.
“The organizing committee is making extensive arrangements to host members of the Sri Lankan community. We expect more than 1,000 guests to attend the embassy premises,” a committee official said.
The program includes three speeches on the significance of fasting in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages, and followed by a dinner banquet. During iftar, traditional 'Kanji' or porridge will be served along with Sri Lankan treats such as samosa, rolls and fruit juices.
“Plans are under way to host the Jeddah iftar on Friday July 27,” Dr. H.M. Rafeek, president of the Sri Lankan Expatriates Society in the western province told Arab News. The event is being organized by the society in cooperation with the Sri Lankan consulate in Jeddah. All members of the Sri Lankan community are invited to attend the event at the consulate.
Fazal Ahmed, General Secretary of the SLES in Madinah told Arab News the date of the Madinah iftar event will be decided at a meeting on Thursday.
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