Meat dishes, including seekh kebab and mutton samosa, are an integral part of Ramzan Iftars. Now, what if these dishes are substituted with vegetarian food made from farm-fresh organic vegetables?
This is what is going to happen on June 5 at an Iftar programme organised by the Indian Economic Trade Organisation (IETO) to commemorate World Environment Day.
More than 250 people will congregate at the United Theological College in Benson Town to relish delicacies made from farm-fresh vegetables from Kolar, Chickballapur, and Chikkamagaluru, thereby breaking a Ramzan tradition.
IETO president Asif Iqbal said the emphasis is on ethically sourced, seasonal food with no meat and dairy. Plastic forks, straws and disposable plates will not be used. “This green Iftar is about looking at key issues around meat consumption during Ramzan, wasting of food during the holy month, and the rampant use of plastic and disposable plates, bowls, and spoons. The green iftar will not have any of these things,” he said. “It’s about trying to reconnect our responsibility to nature as part of our worship, not as a hobby or interest. As part of our campaign, we will also visit a slum on Sunday to create awareness about green environment.”
Invitees to the green iftar will have to bring their own cutlery and crockery, as well as containers for leftovers. It will also be an event to showcase religious harmony, Mr. Iqbal added.
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