Kashmir to host the longest Iftar party in Asia

  • Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jul 11, 2015 10:52 IST

The Kashmir Valley is all set to make a new record of holding the longest public Iftar in Asia on Saturday.

About 3500 people will form a 4,962 feet long chain of dastarkhans (dinning cloth) at the the Dal Lake on Saturday.

The event is being organised by an event management company Loud Beetle in cooperation with a number of businessmen and civil society groups.

People will be treated to a delicacy spread of biryani, juice, dates and fruits, all free of charge.

The main invitees for the event are the thousands of children who have been left orphaned in the 20 years of armed struggle in the valley.

"The event is also open for locals as we have invited over 2000 students from local orphanages," said Abdal, an employee of Loud Beetle.

The company has also approached the Limca Book of Records for the event.

Although there has been no such public event in the past, but organising free iftar for less wealthy Muslims during Ramadan is a tradition followed in the state for centuries.

The record for world's longest iftar is held by Egyptian city of Alexandria, which set a new Guinness world record earlier this week.

The governorate of Alexandria organised a 4,303 metre-long chain of dining tables for Muslims breaking their daily Ramadan fast at the iftar meal.

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