Iftar is the meal served at the end of the day during Ramadan, to break the day’s fast. Literally, it means “breakfast.” Iftar is served at sunset during each day of Ramadan, as Muslims break the daily fast. The other meal during Ramadan, which is taken in the morning (pre-dawn), is called suhoor.
Iftar is very much a social event, involving family and community members. It is common for people to host others for dinner, or gather as a community for a potluck. It is also common for people to invite and share food with those less fortunate. The spiritual reward for charitable giving is considered to be especially significant during Ramadan.
People who fast are expected to refrain themselves from food, drinks and other pleasures from sunrise to sunset and to focus on prayer, purity, spirituality and charity. It helps in teaching self-control and discipline. Pregnant women and people suffering from health issues are exempted from fasting and it’s not compulsory for children to fast either.
Shammi Kebab, Kabuli Pulao, Kaghzi Kebab, Dum Biryani, Bhuna Gosht, Haleem, Sheer Korma are a few common dishes which are made for the Iftar along with fruits, juice and sherbets.