Local Muslims Celebrate Eid Feast

By Rachel Martin

August 19, 2012 Updated Aug 19, 2012 at 5:06 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The Islamic Community of Greater Fort Wayne held their annual Eid Celebration feast Sunday.

Approximately 3,000 Muslims attended the Eid celebration Sunday morning. According to local Islamic leaders, that’s the largest gathering of Muslims ever assembled in Fort Wayne. They say Fort Wayne's Islamic population is growing because of the influx of Burmese and Bosnian refugees. Fort Wayne is cited as having the largest Burmese population in the U.S.

Eid is short for Eid-ul-Fitr, an Arabic word meaning "festivity" and "break-fasting.” It is the feast celebrated at the end of Ramadan. Ramadan is a month-long holiday where Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset to show their commitment to God.

“Throughout the month we abstain from eating, drinking--water even--throughout the sunlight hours as well as abstaining from marital relations. It's also a month of intense prayer. It's also a month where you take a real hard look at yourself and you say, what can I be better at? You really make an attempt to center yourself and live more for God,” said Amina Advany Maglajic, one of the Eid Celebration organizers.

Maglajlic says Ramadan is similar to the Christian celebrations and practices leading up to Easter.

“The holiday is more closely aligned to Carnivale or Fat Tuesday. The ending of Ramadan would be considered similar the beginning of Lent, the party before Lent,” she said.

Ramadan is celebrated every year during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

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