Ramadan Concludes with Celebrations and Charity

Large group of people, adults & children, in front of poster with logos for USA Rice among others
Ramadan Mubarak in Jordan
May 03, 2022
AMMAN, JORDAN -- The Holy Month of Ramadan, that started on the April 2, ended yesterday with many Muslim families coming together to celebrate Eid Al Fitr, the end of the month of fasting.  

“Ramadan is an important time of spiritual reflection and also time for families to gather and celebrate in the evenings for the Iftar meal,” said Eszter Somogyi, USA Rice director for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  

Concern for the needy is one of the five pillars of Islam given special consideration during Ramadan, and to show support for the local communities, USA Rice partnered with a major U.S. rice importer here last week to host an Iftar dinner.  

Henry T. Wooster, the U.S. Ambassador to Jordan, was the guest of honor at the event held at the Children's Museum in Amman.  More than 300 children attended, representing several orphan care agencies, including Mabarrat Um Al Hussein.  

Ambassador Wooster applauded the U.S. rice importer and USA Rice for their generosity in hosting the orphans, and in his remarks, highlighted the importance of trade between Jordan and the United States in strengthening the resilience of Jordan’s food supply networks.

“As U.S. rice has become well-known and popular in Jordan, used daily by consumers trusted for its high quality and great taste, it is important that USA Rice reciprocates that commitment by engagement with local communities,” said Somogyi.

Other guests at the Iftar included local officials; representatives from the Chamber of Commerce; Elizabeth Mello, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) senior agricultural attaché; and Mohammad Khraishy, the senior agricultural specialist from FAS Amman.

The event was covered by several local media outlets and published on USA Rice social media platforms in Jordan.