Eid al-Fitr – the festival of the breaking of the fast for Muslims which occurs this year on 5th June celebrates the end of Ramadan – the Islamic holy month of fasting.
During the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, gifts are exchanged and special foods are prepared and shared whenever families and friends come together over a number of days of celebrations.
In the morning, Muslims gather at mosques and prayer areas to perform Eid Prayer and greet each other. The festival is celebrated by visiting friends and relatives, hosting food parties and sharing sweets. Children not only get new clothes and shoes, but also receive cash gifts called “Eidi” from their elders and relatives.
The occasion is seen as a time of forgiveness and of giving thanks to Allah for helping people to complete their spiritual fasting. Many Muslims display their thanks by giving donations and food to those less fortunate than themselves.
At this time, we remember and pray for our Muslim sisters and brothers around the world and in our neighbourhoods. We give thanks for their gifts of prayer, commitment and hospitality shown all through Ramadan and pray for ongoing peace among peoples of all or of no faith.