Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:6AM
Argentine Muslims have come together to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The event took place at the Islamic Center of the Republic of Argentina. Government and diplomatic officials as well as leaders of other religious communities also attended the celebration.
It’s certainly time of celebration and happiness for the Argentine Muslims. Community leaders, officials, families and friends gathered at the Islamic Center of the Republic of Argentina in Buenos Aires to mark the end of Ramadan. Men dressed up with their nicest outfits while women wore their most beautiful headscarves. Children played and enjoyed the celebration, while their parents stood in line to get delicious and traditional foods. Argentina was among the first countries marking the Eid al-Fitr celebrations. CIRA President Fabian Amin Ankah joint by Sheikh Mohamed Zanaty expressed their gratitude to the government officials, diplomatic missions and religious communities’ members for their participation. While the West sees a worrying rise in discriminatory sentiment towards Islam with countries like France currently considering extending the hijab ban to universities, there seems to be much better news to tell from the Southern Cone of the world. A typically Catholic country, Argentina is home to one of the largest Muslim communities in Latin America. The Eid ceremony is an opportunity for government officials to join members and authorities of Argentina’s Muslim community to whom they expressed their gratitude for promoting religious integration in the society here.