Sri Lanka Consulate in Jeddah hosts grand "Iftar" program
Non-Muslim Sri Lankans in the western part of Saudi Arabia took the lead in organizing iftar (breakfast) program at the Sri Lanka Consulate in Jeddah.
More than 800 Sri Lankans including men, women and children gathered at the premises of the Jeddah Sri Lankan mission to meet and greet one another at a special iftar program organized under the auspices of the Sri Lankan Consulate in Jeddah, headed by its Consul General A.W.A Salam.
Speaking to Riyadh Daily following the Iftar, Consul General Salam said it was heartening to note that the non- Muslim Sri Lankan friends played an active role in organizing this party. “We need to carry the message to our motherland to strengthen communal harmony by respecting cultural and religious values of all faiths”, Salam said, adding that this year the number of guests has been increased because of the enthusiasm shown by members of all faiths to organize the event.
The event was organized by the members of the Sri Lankan community comprising Muslims, Sinhalese, Tamil and Christians.
The evening program was spiced with a lecture on “Significance of Ramadan” by Dr. Haja Mohideen Mahroof, Sri Lankan obstetrician and Gynaecologist, who has been living in Saudi Arabia for more than three decades.
The Abeer Polyclinics displayed an health awareness counter during the iftar party for the benefit of the guests.
The event which was open for Sri Lankan families and singles, who are living in Saudi Arabia, was attended by a large section of the community living in the western province.
Separate arrangements were made for women and children to break their fast.
During the Iftar, traditional "Kanji" ( porridge) was served to all guests along with Sri Lankan typical short eats and fresh fruit juices followed by dinner.