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Webster’s Students, Faculty and Staff Celebrate Iftar

IftarDuring the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world fast for the entire lunar month. Commencing each day at the Fajr call to prayer (just before sunrise), their fast continues until sundown. As a result of Bangkok’s close proximity to the equator, for Webster University Thailand students that were observing Ramadan, their fasting generally lasted for approximately 14 hours, from 4:32am to 6:42pm.

IftarOn Wednesday 21 June 2017, in order to observe the end of Ramadan (i.e. the breaking of the fast), many Webster students gathered together in celebration of Iftar at Webster’s Bangkok campus. Iftar is the evening meal that Muslims use to end their fast at sunset each day. This is often done as a community activity with people breaking their fast together. In keeping with this spirit, Webster’s event marked a unique opportunity for Muslims to share in food and activities with other students, friends, and the broader Webster community.

IftarAs a truly international university, Webster University Thailand is home to students of all nationalities and religious beliefs. Such diversity provides wonderful opportunities to learn from each other and better understand our cultural differences. To support this notion, the event commenced with a short presentation to explain Ramadan and Iftar to any non-Muslims who had also come to celebrate. Following the presentation a number of delicious foods from all corners of the world were served in celebration.

Organised by the Bangkok campus' SGA and Student Affairs Department, this Iftar celebration provided a unique opportunity for celebration, learning and awareness raising. In addition, the evening also aimed to highlight the multicultural diversity of Webster’s Bangkok community and promote tolerance, understanding and mutual respect.

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