Premier David Eby has issued the following statement marking Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan:
“Today, all around the world and here in British Columbia, Muslims gather to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. Marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr is a time for prayer and for joyful gathering to break fast together.
“Following a month of disciplined fasting, reflection and prayer, many people will gather to share a delicious meal, often considered a cultural and culinary highlight of the Muslim year.
“Eid al-Fitr is often celebrated with an act of charitable giving, known as the Zakat al-Fitr. The Islamic values of charitable giving, of joyful community and of deep commitment are at the heart of Eid al-Fitr.
“These are the same values that have helped build our province and made B.C. a stronger, more vibrant and more beautiful place to live. We are lucky to be home to Muslim communities from every corner of the world, each of which brings something special to this day of celebration.
“On behalf of the Government of British Columbia, I would like to wish a joyful Eid al-Fitr to all who celebrate.