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Breaking Fast in Tunisia

There are elements of Asia’s iftar that are consistent—barley soup and salad with fresh vegetables are served at every meal. But the main course is always different, and tonight, this resident of Bizerte, Tunisia, has made a filling couscous with usban (sheep stomach). Asia says there is a sense of peace in the streets of her town during Ramadan. “You feel safe,” she says. “You can walk around day or night without any problems.”

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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