People from all walks of life come together in a tent in a park in London to share a Ramadan iftar meal on 5 June 2018. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Claudio Accheri
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As dusk falls, shoes come off and hundreds of hungry diners sit cross-legged in a London park to break bread. It is iftar: the traditional sundown dinner that follows 19 hours of fasting in London, part of an annual ritual observed by Muslims worldwide to mark the holy month of Ramadan.So dinner takes on a special significance at the "open iftar" staged each year in a central London park.Held in Bloomsbury, an elegant London district known for its garden squares and literary past, the "open iftar" is laid on for 30 nights by a small community group – The Ramadan Tent Project – which invites all comers to join them and eat for free.At least 300 hungry Londoners gathered in the park Tuesday evening, from suited executives to the homeless, as strangers sat side-by-side on the ground.The open dinner idea, which began in London, has spread to other venues, with similar events taking place in three other cities across Britain as well as Toronto and Portland, Istanbul and Zambia's second city of Ndola.
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