Eid ul-Fitr saw members of the Muslim community gathered at the Islamic Center of Minnesota in Blaine on Thursday August 8. The three-day holiday marks the end of the month-long observance of Ramadan, during which Muslims abstain from food and drink between the break of dawn and sunset. For Muslims in Minnesota this meant enduring up to 14 hours of fasting each day because of the state’s northern latitude. Click on video to see Eid prayer and explanations by Minnesota Muslims.
Ramadan and other Islamic holidays occur according to the Islamic lunar calendar, so Ramadan occurs on different dates each year. The conclusion of the Eid prayer was for many the beginning of celebratory feasting with family and friends.