15 Jul, 2015
Srinagar, Kashmir, India (IINA) 13 Jul 2015 – Championing the largest Iftar ever recorded in Asian history, a Muslim group in Kashmir invited people for a historical fast breaking meal in India-administered district, making a new world record, according to media reports.
“We are organizing this open-to-all event to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan,” said Chief Executive Officer of an event management company Ahmer Khan.
The idea of Srinagar largest Iftar meal was inspired by Egypt’s successful bid to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest Iftar spread, the 22-year-old Khan, said. “We never had this festival in Kashmir before, in fact we don’t really have this in India.”
Held on Saturday, around 7,000 people gathered on the banks of the Dal Lake to break their fast together.
The organizers had spread carpets on the pedestrian mall along two-km-long stretch and laid out food items and drinks for the devout who came in large numbers to create a record for the largest single ‘Iftar’.
Khan admitted that putting this event together has been quite a struggle, especially when it came to convincing people that this was a non-profit venture. But they have been pretty successful.
“The previous record for the single-largest ‘Iftar’ in the world was created in Sharjah where over 3,000 devout sat over a 1.3-km-long stretch to break their daylong fast,” said an official of local event management company ‘Loud Beetle’. “Our ‘Iftar’ party was attended by over 7,000 people and it was spread over two km,” he said.
Khan said that the team has collectively managed to organize food and seating for approximately 3,300 people in three weeks.