The embassy of India in Egypt hosted its annual iftar banquet at the headquarters of India House in Zamalek on 6 June, continuing a long tradition of celebrating the two countries’ shared culture and strong bonds of friendship.
In his welcome address, the Charge d’Affaires Dr. Vinod Bahade conveyed warm greetings from the people of India on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.
Dr. Bahade explained that prayer and fasting are common to many religions in India and that Ramadan is the time when the country’s Muslim community, the second largest in the world, comes together in prayers, charity, feasting and fasting.
He also highlighted India’s respect and tolerance towards different religions due to the country’s diversity.
Dr. Bahade highlighted the rich influence of Islam in everyday Indian life, including in music, fashion, festivals, customs and traditions.
He also pointed out that the Indian city of Kerala is home to one of the oldest mosques in the world, the Cheraman Juma Mosque. Built around 629 CE, it stands as an example of the integration of Islam into Indian history and culture, Bahade explained.
Egypt’s Assistant Foreign Minister for Asian Affairs Khaled Sarwat and former Deputy Foreign Minister for Asian Affairs Mohamed Hegazi attended the occasion, as did Vice President of the Egypt-India Friendship Association Nadia Jerdini and members of the organisation.
Also participating in the iftar were representatives from Egyptian political parties and armed forces, as well as business people, Indian students of Al-Azhar University, and prominent cultural and media figures such as actress Dina Abdallah andPR expert Mona Zaki.
Charge d’Affaires Dr Vinod Behade, his wife and former Ambassador Mohamed Hegazy (Photo: Courtesy of the Indian Embassy Media Office)
Indian students at Al-Azhar University attending the Iftar (Photo: Courtesy of the Indian Embassy Media Office)