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Breaking Fast in California

We join Nancy Hoque in her Pleasanton, California, home as she prepares a traditional Bangladeshi iftar. She’s making quite a feast—nine dishes in all, including piyajus (lentil and onion fritters), boot (garbanzo beans), hot patties (puff pastry stuffed with meat) and shrimp curry. Nancy feels a real sense of connection with fellow Muslims during Ramadan. “It’s really special to know that we’re all breaking fast together no matter where we are,” she says.

Ramadan, or Ramzan, is annually observed by Muslims around the world as a holy month of fasting, prayer and community. During this time, those observing will fast from dawn to sunset, refraining from eating or drinking as a means of purifying the body, mind and heart.

After sunset, many will gather to break their fast with family and friends, sharing a meal known as an iftar. Around the world, the languages and the foods might change, but the spirit of love and togetherness is all the same.


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