White House forgoes Ramadan dinner for first time in two decades

Claudine Rigal
Juin 26, 2017

Muslim New Zealanders will today celebrate the Islamic festival Eid ul-Fitr following the sighting of the new moon and will come together to celebrate at Parliament next week, Minister for Ethnic Communities Judith Collins says.

"May the noble ideals associated with Eid-ul-Fitr enrich our lives with peace, harmony and the spirit of humanity", he said in a statement.

Workers dries vermicelli, a popular traditional sweet dish ahead of Eid ul-Fitr in Allahabad on Sunday.

A Palestinian girl takes a selfie during a Eid-ul-Fitr prayer gathering in Gaza city on June 25, 2017.

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.]: The White House did not host an Iftar dinner to commemorate Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, for the first time in almost two decades.

Sergeant Gurpreet Arora and Constable Satvir Sen attended the Eid Prayers at SAMA representing the Counties Manukau Police and the South Asian Advisory Board, offering Eid Mubarak Greetings to SAMA President Ibrar Sheikh and the Muslim community. He stressed that the country's diversity is its speciality as well as its strength. Now it is time for Eid.

"Ramzan is a month of holy donations, to spread happiness".

Earlier, President Pranab Mukherjee also shared his greeting on this auspicious festival.

Governor of both the state E. S. L. Narasimhan, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N. Chandrababu Naidu greeted Muslims on the occasion of Eid.

Wearing new clothes and hugging each other, the Muslim brothers offered mass namaz (prayer) at mosques in Cuttack, Bhadrak, Balasore, Khurda and Berhampur on the occasion of Eid marking end of holy month Ramadan.

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