The holiday Eid al-Fitr, the end of the Islamic holy month Ramadan, will be celebrated in Rochester today.
Eid al-Fitr is translated from Arabic as “the festival of breaking the fast,” and marks the end of the month-long fasting of Ramadan.
“This time is similar to Christmas time for us,” said Bassem Fadlia, the treasurer of the Rochester Muslim Community Circle. During this time, friends and family get together for dinner, and children are given new toys and clothes. However, the main focus of the holiday is prayer.
The prayer takes about 30 minutes and includes a speech from the mosque leader. People bring their own prayer rugs and form lines across the floor for prayer.
Morning prayer will be held at the Graham Arena complex at 7 a.m. and at Rochester Community and Technical College gym at 7:30. An additional prayer will take place at 9 a.m. at Masjed AbuBakr Al-Seddiq in Rochester.
Thousands have showed up to Eid al-Fitr prayer at Rochester Community and Technical College in the past, so this year the prayer has been split to two locations to accommodate more people, according to Fadlia. Local mosques are advising people planning on attending prayer to go to the location they live closest to.
The Rochester Muslim Community Circle will be hosting dinner for those celebrating Eid al-Fitr today from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the cafeteria of Mayo High School.
There will be two picnics in the area. One, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.at Slatterly Park, is sponsored by Masjed AbuBakr Al-Seddiq. Another is from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, sponsored by Abu Huraira Islamic Center and Masjid Al-Khair.
Eid al-Fitr occurs at different times around the world because the start of the holiday depends on the occurrence of the new moon. The Fiqh Council of North America determined that Eid al-Fitr will be today based on astronomical calculations, but other parts of the world will celebrate the holiday on Wednesday.