PM Harper makes history by holding the first known iftar dinner at 24 Sussex

The house at 24 Sussex Drive is the official residence of Canada’s prime minister

The house at 24 Sussex Drive is the official residence of Canada’s prime minister

Stephen Harper holds Ramadan meal at 24 Sussex for Muslim leaders

Prime Minister Stephen Harper may have made Canadian history Monday night, inviting Muslim leaders to 24 Sussex to break the Ramadan fast.

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims fast daily between dawn and sunset and the break-the-fast dinner, called the iftar, is traditionally a festive and spiritual event.

U.S. President Barack Obama hosts an iftar annually at the White House. But Harper’s office says Monday is the first time one has been held at 24 Sussex.

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Categories: Americas, Canada, Fasting, Religion

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