Winnipeggers celebrate Eid, end of fasting month
Published Sunday, August 19, 2012 5:33PM CST
Last Updated Sunday, August 19, 2012 5:59PM CST
All across the world, Muslims are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the celebrations come after observing Ramadan, the month of fasting.
Here in Winnipeg, a community of more than 15,000 marked the end of 30 days of fasting.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and considered the most sacred.
All healthy Muslims 12 and older are expected to fast, which means no food or water between sunrise and sunset.
The fast was more challenging this year, with temperatures reaching well into the mid 30s.
“It's a long day, but it doesn't end there,” said Mit Kinnarath. “Don't forget, most of us go to the mosque."
But some said breaking the fast is even more satisfying after going through such long, hot days.
The local community shared well-wishes and celebrated Eid together Sunday, before going home to celebrate with family and friends.
“Today is more of a celebration,” said Shahzad Musaddiq of the Manitoba Islamic Association.“We're saying we've done it. We've done this 30 days with devotion to God and to our religion. And today we're going to have fun.
The heat may have challenged her during the fast, but Farida Kinnarath said it's been well worth it.
“Just a time of appreciating what you have, strengthening your relationship with God, being kind to your neighbours. Just a time when you get together,” she said.
Still, others are looking forward to a time when Ramadan falls during a cooler time of the year, but it'll take a few more years before that happens.
Ramadan 2013 takes place in July. Next year's Eid falls on August 8.
This year’s celebrations end next week with an Eid festival at the Manitoba Grand Mosque on Saturday.
-- with files from CTV’s Rajeev Dhir