Iftar (Arabic: إفطار) is a meal eaten by Muslims at sunset after a day of fasting. Though one can fast, and thus have iftar, at any time of the year, it is usually observed most often during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Ramadan is a special month because Muslims fast every day for the entire month from dawn to sunset. The iftar is usually a time where family and friends come together to enjoy a meal in each other’s company. Various cultures and communities all over the world have different traditions on the food they share and how they create their space. This year, we are hoping to embody that space on a virtual platform in order to facilitate socially distant connection and capture how Muslims are spending their Ramadan during the second year of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Digital Iftars is a Canadian project that helps Muslims host and attend virtual iftars in small groups in order to create a sense of intimate community this Ramadan. Entering our second Ramadan in a global pandemic, we intend to combat social isolation and build community by forming spaces for people to connect and bond over a shared iftar meal, and share their experiences using the hashtag #digitaliftars on social media.
Sign up for an iftar.
Read our toolkit.
Host or attend your iftar.
Share your memories with your loved ones using the #DigitalIftars hashtag on social media.