July 17 marked the end of Ramadan, known to Muslims as Eid-ul-Fitr. President Barack Obama gave his warm message to Muslims in the U.S. and around the world. The president hoped that as Muslim Americans celebrate Eid across America, the day serves as a reminder to every American of the importance of respecting those of all faiths and beliefs.
Eid-ul-Fitr 2015, a reason to celebrate
“Michelle and I would like to extend our warmest wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the world celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr,” Mr Obama said from the White House.
“As Muslims mark the end of the month, they are reminded that Ramadan is a time to reflect spiritually, build communally, and aid those in need. While Eid marks the end of Ramadan, it marks a new beginning for each individual – a reason to celebrate and express gratitude on this holiday,” he said.
Mr Obama displayed a sense of deep understanding of the Muslim’s celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr. In his speech, he noted of the millions of Muslim who will marked the day with the call of early morning prayers.
“Millions of people head to local mosques for special Eid prayers followed by festive gatherings, gift exchanges, and feasts among friends, neighbors and families,” the president said.
“The diversity of traditions paint the vibrant images we see from around the world capturing the spirit and excitement of Eid – colorful dresses or white garments decorating the masses of people standing in lines for prayer, lanterns and ornaments lighting up bazaars and neighborhoods, intricate henna designs painted on hands of young girls and women, and an abundance of delectable foods and aromatic cuisines,” he highlighted.
“Michelle and I hope today brings joy to all of your homes, both here in the U.S. and around the world. From my family to yours, Eid Mubarak!” the president said in conclusion.
— White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) July 16, 2015
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