The Community Iftar brings together the Georgetown campus students and employees for a shared meal during the month of Ramadan. The ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar is when Muslims around the world spend the day abstaining from food and drink during the daylight hours. At sunset, Muslims break their fast with a meal called Iftar.
For the Georgetown University Community Iftar, students, faculty, staff and their families are invited to take part in a delicious feast of traditional foods in celebration of our value of Community in Diversity. Non-fasting members of the community also gather in solidarity with those observing the holy month. When Ramadan occurs during the academic year, between September through May, the Community Iftar is held once a week for the duration of the month of Ramadan. If Ramadan occurs outside of the normal academic year and class times, then a single Community Iftar is held at a chosen venue with all available members of the campus community.
Another shared meal, the Suhoor (also called Sehur, Sehri, or Sahari in other languages), is the pre-dawn meal consumed by Muslims before the day of fasting begins during Ramadan. Beyond the official Community Iftar, the daily Iftar and Suhoor meals are often shared within the Georgetown community throughout this season. Every year, Alumni Suhoor is also organized, where Georgetown graduates from around the Gulf meet at a local restaurant to reconnect and share the joy of this spiritually rewarding month.