In Canada, Eid al-Fitr is not a national holiday. According to 2017 statistics, Canada’s Muslim population surpassed 1 million individuals, accounting for 3.2 per cent of the country’s total population but still, the government does not declare Eid or other Islamic holidays as official holidays and Muslims across the country close their shops and offices for at least one day. However, many Islamic companies and organizations may change their operating hours during this event.

Around this time of year, there may be considerable congestion around mosques. The Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) has announced the date (May 2) and Eid prayer schedules. Some of the other names of this festival are Eid-al-Sagheer, Ramazan Bayrami, Choti Eid, Meethi Eid, Sugar Feast, Lebaran, and Seker Bayrami.

In Ottawa, Ontario, Muslim Canadians celebrate Eid al-Fitr with joy and happiness. This holy day marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. Eid al-Fitr is a time for family and friends to exchange gifts and enjoy special holiday foods. It is also a time to give thanks to Allah for His blessings. Muslims in Ottawa are proud to be able to celebrate their faith openly and joyfully.

This weekend, Muslims in Ottawa celebrated Eid al-Fitr, marking Ramadan’s end. For many, it was a time to spend with family and friends and give back to the community
through charity. At the Ottawa Muslim Association, Eid prayers were followed by a feast and a time for socializing. “Eid is a time for us to celebrate our religion and community. It’s a time for us to come together and remember our common values.” A man, during an interview, said that Eid is also a time to reflect on the light of those who are less fortunate. “We are fortunate to live in a country like Canada where we have freedom of religion,” he said. “But there are many people in the world who are not so lucky.” The Ottawa Muslim Association collected donations for the Ottawa Food Bank during the Eid celebrations. “Charity is one of the pillars of Islam,” one of their members said. “And it’s something we should all be doing, regardless of our religion.”

On this auspicious occasion, president Justin Trudeau conveyed his sincere gratitude towards the whole nation in a message which said, “Eid al-Fitr is a time for celebration and community after a month of fasting, charity, and spiritual reflection. It is one of Islam’s most important holidays, allowing family and friends to get together to pray, feast, and spend quality time together. While the last two years have been difficult for all of us, we have found inspiration in the Islamic ideals of generosity, peace, compassion, and thankfulness, which will continue to guide us as we recover from the pandemic and move forward with optimism and hope.”

People were overwhelmed to see each other in the grand Mosques after two years of the Covid pandemic and thanked Allah Almighty for allowing them to celebrate this event once again.

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