Iftar designated as "cultural heritage" worldwide

09:24 PM | 7 Dec, 2023
Iftar designated as

On its list of intangible cultural assets, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) has included Iftar, the meal Muslims eat to break their fasts, particularly during the month of Ramadan.

Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Uzbekistan together filed the proposal for the sociocultural tradition to Unesco.

Iftar is more of a religious than a cultural event, yet communities throughout the world celebrate it with such fervour that it becomes a symbol of Muslim culture. 

The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which began convening in Botswana on Monday, acknowledged the centuries-old cultural custom.

Iftar is celebrated by people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. It marks the conclusion of fasting from dawn to sunset, which teaches perseverance and patience in the face of adversity and hunger, according to an official statement from Unesco.

Iftar is a meal eaten around sundown, following the Maghrib adhan. In keeping with the spirit of Ramadan, it is generally followed by other religious activities and prayer.

It is traditional to celebrate Iftar by having a date and tea in a number of Muslim nations. Food and dessert recipes, however, differ significantly throughout nations.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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