TORONTO – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has congratulated Muslims on the arrival of `Eid Al-Fitr, praising the richness of the Canadian community’s diversity.
“Tonight at sunset, Muslims in Canada and around the world will celebrate `Eid Al-Fitr,also known as the festival of breaking of the fast,” he wrote in a statement shared by the Canadian government website.
“`Eid Al-Fitr is one of the most important religious holidays for the Muslim community, and marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. It is a time to give thanks for the spiritual growth and the blessings received throughout the holy month.
“On this occasion, family and friends gather to attend special morning prayers, exchange greetings and gifts, share a celebratory meal, and give generously to others, especially those less fortunate.”
In his `Eid message, Trudeau stressed that those celebrations remind Canadians of their shared values.
“Canada’s cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and sources of pride. This year, as we mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we recognize the invaluable contributions the Muslim community makes to our national fabric,” he wrote.
“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I extend our best wishes to all those celebrating `Eid Al-Fitr. Eid Mubarak!”
The three-day `Eid Al-Fitr festival is one of the two main religious celebrations in Islam, together with `Eid Al-Adha.
After special prayers to mark the day, festivities and merriment start with visits to the homes of friends and relatives.
And while traditionally everyone wears new clothes for `Eid, children look forward to gifts and traditional `ediya (cash).
During `Eid days, families and friends exchange visits to express well wishes and children, wearing new clothes bought especially for `Eid, enjoy going out in parks and open fields.