American Turkish Friendship Association held its annual Ramadan Tent on July 17-19 this year. The tent stayed up in the parking lot of Unity of Fairfax Church for 3 consecutive days and hosted approximately around 750 people each evening over iftar dinner.
Attendance consisting of various religions and backgrounds enjoyed a festival full of joy. Stands with Turkish tea and coffee, Turkish traditional pastries, traditional “lokma” sweets, popcorn, cotton candy, “cig kofte” (traditional Turkish food) were set up for people to enjoy after each day’s iftar. Moreover, children enjoyed the presence of clowns and had moon bounces set up for them.
Rev. Russel Heiland, Ambassador of Turkey in the USA H.E. Namik Tan, Ambassador of Azerbaijan in the USA H.E. Elin Suleymanov and Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Sharon Bulova, and other community leaders were present at the tent on the first day.