Today, April 21st, marks the end of Ramadan, and was celebrated with Eid al-Fitr.
Eid al-Fitr Port Elgin (Saugeen Shores)
“Ramadhan is a holy month for Muslims worldwide. It is observed by fasting from sunrise to sunset, refraining from bad habits and doing good deeds. After a month of spiritual cleansing, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.
As part of the celebrations, a local Eid bazaar was organized for the first time on 18th April 2023 at the Plex in Port Elgin. The Bazaar featured 10 local Muslim-owned vendors offering a range of traditional food items, clothing, decor, sweets and pastries. The event attracted around 80 guests, who enjoyed browsing through the stalls and mingling with other members of the community. One of the highlights of the bazaar was the traditional henna painting, which was done by a local artist. Visitors had the opportunity to get intricate designs painted on their hands and arms. Children were also treated to face painting.
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It also included activities for children. Kids received gifts and exchanged toys and books. An arts and crafts table was set up for children to show their creativity.
The Eid bazaar featured a fun photo booth with colorful inflatable Eid decor and balloon backdrops. Community members captured memories of their Eid celebrations.
The organizers were delighted by the success of the event and are hopeful of setting up more events like these in the future. The bazaar was a perfect example of how such events can bring communities together and promote diversity and inclusivity.”
They then adjourn for Maghrib, the fourth of the five required daily prayers, after which the main meal is served. Social gatherings, many times in buffet style, are frequent at fitr. Traditional dishes are often highlighted, including traditional desserts, particularly those made only during Ramadan. Water is usually the beverage of choice, but juice and milk are also often available, as are soft drinks and caffeinated beverages.