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The application for the sociocultural tradition was jointly submitted by Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.
"Iftar (also called Eftari or Iftor) is observed by Muslims at sunset in the month of Ramadan, upon completion of all religious and ceremonial rites," said Unesco.
Iftar, which follows the sunset call to prayer during Ramadan, is associated with gatherings "strengthening family and community ties and promoting charity, solidarity and social exchange," it said.
The age-old community tradition was recognised by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage that has been meeting in Botswana since Monday.
In several Muslim countries, it is customary to mark Iftar by eating a date accompanied by tea. Recipes for dishes and pastries, however, vary greatly depending on the country.
The UN body said that "the Iftar practice is typically transmitted within families, and children and youth are often entrusted with preparing components of traditional meals."
"The new edition of the Sharjah Heritage Days carries a distinctive colour in terms of the nature of the participations and what the programme includes of events and activities that collectively form windows overlooking the global popular cultural heritage..."
According to the protocol, Iftar tents must be designed in the form of a canopy that is open from all sides or be air-conditioned in addition to incorporating all required safety and protection systems.
Iftar tents were authorised to be pitched in Dubai based on the desire of many people, donors, philanthropists, businessmen, and charitable societies operating in Dubai.
The Labour Standards Development Authority has been holding Ramadan Iftar events in its Ramadan tents, where daily thousands of workers break their fast.
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