For the first time, the Northwest Islamic Community Center will host an outdoor Eid-ul-Fitr, a celebration that follows the month of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting during which Muslims may not eat or drink during from sunrise to sunset.
The celebration will be 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at the Hilde Performance Center, 3500 Plymouth Blvd., Plymouth.
The day will begin with a prayer at 9:45 a.m., which typically lasts 40-50 minutes, with a festival to follow.
With the center adjacent to the Hilde, this was the “perfect place” to host the festival outdoors, explained Sadia Tarannum of Plymouth, one of the event organizers. “It’s a beautiful space,” she said.
Tarannum explained this is a time for prayer, community and celebration that is open to the public. It typically involves family, feasting, traditional sweet dishes, shopping and gift-giving. “It’s like our Christmas,” she said.
The day will offer a variety of children’s activities, including balloon animals, face painting, yard games and kite flying. A variety of food vendors will also be on site.
“We are really encouraged to spend this time with family, friends, and the community,” Tarannum said.
The significance of Eid-ul-Fitr is purely spiritual. It is the day when the Muslims thank God for having given them the will, the strength and the endurance to observe fast and obey His commandment during the month of Ramadan. Therefore, it is a day that brings rejoicing and happiness after successfully completing an important task in the Muslim faith.
The event will go on, weather permitting. Check the NWICC facebook or website for location changes.
Compiled by Kristen Miller, [email protected]