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Islamic holiday to be celebrated Sunday in Willmar

WILLMAR -- After a month of fasting, Muslims will celebrate the end of Ramadan with a feast for Eid al-Fitr. The local Muslim community will host an Eid celebration from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Willmar's Northside Park, 12th Street Northwest and Ella Avenue.

The event from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday will include community greetings, event speakers, a time for reflection on Ramadan, and Somali poetry, dance and songs. Each of Willmar's four Somali restaurants has been invited to provide food.

Since July 20, Muslims have been observing Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, by abstaining from food, drink and sex each day from sunrise to sunset. Eid al-Fitr, which means feast of the breaking fast, marks the end of Ramadan and is usually celebrated with food, song and dance.

Muslims fast for 29 or 30 days during Ramadan to sympathize for the poor, said Abdirizak Mahboub, executive director of the newly formed New Minnesotan Community Development in Willmar. The month reminds Muslims to show empathy and compassion for the less fortunate.

This will be the first all-day Eid celebration event in Willmar, Mahboub said. Everyone in the community, both Muslims and non-Muslims, is invited to the event.

Ashley White

Ashley White is the community content coordinator for the West Central Tribune. Follow her on Twitter @Ashley_WCT.

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