Festival of Eid al-Fitr
Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul
More than 85,000 Muslims in B.C.
will start to celebrate the end of Ramadan
today, July 17, 2015.
Ramadan is a month-long holy time,
where Muslims get closer to God.
Mohd Adli Bin Abdullah, Consul General of Malaysia in Vancouver,
says Ramadan is a “joyous event”.
People fast and reflect on others’ suffering.
The Eid al-Fitr festival marks
the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
The festival is a three-day event.
Eid al-Fitr begins with Muslims
giving to charity to help the poor.
“Your friends, needy people —
you have to help them,
because we’re all human beings.
We should help each other,” says Bin Abdullah.
Afterwards, Muslims gather
for an early-morning prayer.
During Eid al-Fitr, Muslims also spend time
with family and friends — and Iftar, a big feast.