The Turkish Cultural Center of Pittsburgh and the Intercultural Dialogue Group of University of Pittsburgh once again are setting up a tent on the lawn of the Cathedral of Learning in Oakland and inviting people to join them in breaking the Ramadan fast, or iftar, at 8:30 p.m. July 12, 13 and 14.
During the daylight hours of the holy month of Ramadan, which began July 8 and continues to Aug. 9, observant Muslims the world over abstain from all food, drink and sensual pleasures (there are exceptions for children, the elderly, the sick and the pregnant). In the evenings, however, people gather to enjoy a meal and each other's company.
The TCCP notes, "Ramadan is a time when the principles of generosity and hospitality become especially important."
I took my family the first year to the Ramadan Iftar Tent and it was an absolutely beautiful experience.
The dinner and the chance to meet and mingle with local Muslims are free to the first 200 people each evening.
Update: The TCCP kindly sent me the menus:
July 12: Lentil Soup, Kavurma (deep-fried diced lamb meat), Vegetable Rice, Salad, Baklava
July 13: Yayla (rice, yoghurt and mint) Soup, Cracked-Wheat Pilaf, Aubergines [Eggplant] with Mince Meat, Salad, Baklava
July 14: Chicken Soup, Izmir Kofte (meatballs in seasoned tomato sauce), Rice with Chickpeas, Salad, Baklava
Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette photo