Ramadan started earlier this month and continues through June 4, when Muslims will gather for Eid, one of the biggest feasts of the year.
During each day of Ramadan, the holiest month of the year, Muslims in good health are asked to fast from food, water and negative behaviors such as gossip or arguing. But after the sunset, many break their fast with a meal called an iftar, which is usually shared with friends and neighbors.
In Austin, a nonprofit called the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest organizes free interfaith iftar dinners that are open to anyone in the community who wants to participate. The dinners are often hosted at local churches or community centers, and the food is prepared by members of the community. There is no cost to attend most of the dinners, and they start about 45 minutes before sundown.
Some of the meals are larger than others, including a citywide iftar on May 18 at the Doubletree Hotel, which does require a paid ticket. You can find the full schedule of iftar dinners at dialogueatx.org/ramadan.
The Dialogue Institute also organizes at-home dinners between Muslim and non-Muslim families called "Meet Your Muslim Neighbor," where you can request to be matched with a Muslim family to have dinner at their house. You can sign up for that program at dialogueatx.org/meet-your-muslim-neighbor.