Tehran (IP): Deputy Minister of Cultural Heritage said that Iftar celebration is an opportunity to preserve and strengthen cultural identity.

Iran Press/Iran News: Ali Darabi said, Iftar foods and traditions are a representation of cultural richness and diversity, which play an important role in preserving cultural identity and moral values.

According to Iran Press News Agency, Darabi added this Friday evening at the ceremony of guarding, Nowruz celebration and Iftar held in Niavaran cultural complex in the Iranian capital of Tehran, that sacrifice, addressing the needs of the poor, expanding the culture of charity and excelling in good deeds are among the other special functions of the holy month of Ramadan.

Darabi recalled that in December 1402, "Iftar and its cultural and social traditions" were registered as the twenty-third element of Iran's intangible cultural heritage in the UNESCO world list, and the countries of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan also actively participated in this case.

Referring to the registration of Nowruz in the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List on March 4, 2008, he added:

"Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, India, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Tajikistan registered Nowruz, and Mongolia also requested to join which was also welcome.

Darabi also said: "Tonight's iftar banquet is on the occasion of observing the global registration of Nowruz and Iftar, which as two important and common elements are held by many countries, and we have few global cases that have been registered by more than 10 countries like Nowruz."

Stating that "fasting" and "Iftari" are common among all religions of Islam, Deputy Minister of Cultural Heritage added:

"Ramadan is the month of revelation of the Holy Quran and the only month that is mentioned in the Quran. Some holy books such as "Torah" and "Bible" were also revealed in this month."

He added: "Iftar feast is effective in strengthening the cultural relations of Muslim countries regardless of their religion."

Darabi believes that cultural dialogue, unity, friendship, peace, resolving differences, and focusing on commonalities, which are among the most important goals of the 2003 Convention, can also be seen in the fruits and blessings of Ramadan. 204

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