WORCESTER, Mass. - Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, a 30-day fast for the Muslim community from morning prayer until sunset.
Young or old, Monday was a time for many to celebrate their faith.
“This is my fifth year celebrating EID in the USA,” Abdul Karim Bala said.
Bala grew up in Africa, now he observes Ramadan in Worcester. Bala said he has seen nothing but smiles at local mosques.
“It’s so amazing,” Bala said. “A lot of people, different cultures, different races. It is so beautiful today.”
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Thousands celebrated Eid al-Fitr in Worcester on Monday
The day marks the end of Ramadan, a 30 day fast in the Muslim community
The day starts with a sermon and prayer and ends with good company, gifts and a lot of food
Local Islamic leaders said over 50 ethnicities celebrate the holiday
The day starts with a sermon and prayer and typically ends with a party, good company, and a lot of food.
“Eat a lot of food and make sure our stomach is full,” Bala said. “At the end of the day, that’s the magic. End of Ramadan. No more suffering.”
Local Islamic leaders said over 50 ethnicities celebrate Ramadan, just one of the many reasons the EID holiday is so special.
“We are happy because it’s the day everyone meets everybody,” Osman Acheampong, president of the Worcester Islamic Center, said. “As you can see, a lot of socialization.”
They’re doing more than just breaking fast, they’re also using the time to mend relationships and look after others.
“These kinds of days are the best opportunity for us to recognize broken relationships,” Imum Asif Hirani said. “Not only celebrate, but to be generous, feed the poor, take care of the less fortunate.”