Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Shared Iftar with my AUAF Library work colleagues

We all stopped work at 6:30 to try to listen to the Mullah announce that we can begin to eat. We never heard the Sunni call, but the Shia assured us it was time (10 minutes later).

I learned that in Afghanistan the average age of a child to start his or her fasting is 16. But if your family is very conservative, it could be as young as 10 years old.

The Shia wait 10 minutes longer than sundown as a mandatory double-check that they break their fast after sundown as commanded.

I had a chicken sandwich. And a Coca-cola. American-style iftar today.

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