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Beijing Muslims gather to celebrate end of Ramadan

Reporter: Tang Bo 丨 CCTV.com

07-30-2014 07:32 BJT

Monday marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Like other Muslims across the world, those in the country’s capital are celebrating the Eid al-Fitr, breaking the Ramadan fast.

Monday marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Like other Muslims across the world, those in the country

Like other Muslims across the world, those in the country's capital are celebrating the Eid al-Fitr, breaking the Ramadan fast.

After a month of fasting and prayer. The special day that celebrates it all. Hundreds of Muslims gathered at Niujie Mosque in southern Beijing to mark Eid al-Fitr, the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

Believers thank Allah for his help and strength that allowed them practice self-discipline through the holy month.

"With Allah’s help, we have observed the holy month of Ramadan safely. I’m happy about that. It’s time to break the fast."

"I am very glad to see that so many Muslims are gathering here today to celebrate the festival. Islam is very inclusive. You can find Muslims from all around the country here."

"You will have a great sense of inner peace after a month of fast. It’ll be easier for you to manage difficulties, and become calmer in different aspects of life."

Eid al-Fitr means the “Festival of Breaking the Fast”. During this time, people dress in their best clothes, adorn their homes with decorations, give treats to children, and enjoy visiting friends and family.

These activities usually continue for three days.

"Usually I make a speech on the happiness the festival brings. I praise Allah and thank him for supporting us through Ramadan and helping us practice self-disicipline. As you can see, the mosque is fully packed by believers. Prayer is extremely important for Muslims, especially during Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr," Muslim Hj Xue Tianli with Niujie Mosque said.

After the communal prayers, Muslims flock to markets to shop for food. As part of the strict fast, Muslims can have one meal before sunrise and another directly after sunset during Ramadan. So, as the holy period comes to an end, there will be a special celebratory meal eaten during daytime for the first time in a month.

Although charity and good deeds are always important in Islam, they have special significance at the end of Ramadan. As the month draws to a close, Muslims are obligated to share their blessings by feeding the poor and making contributions to mosques.

Like other Muslims across the world, those in the country

Like other Muslims across the world, those in the country's capital are celebrating the Eid al-Fitr, breaking the Ramadan fast.

Like other Muslims across the world, those in the country

Like other Muslims across the world, those in the country's capital are celebrating the Eid al-Fitr, breaking the Ramadan fast.

Like other Muslims across the world, those in the country

Like other Muslims across the world, those in the country's capital are celebrating the Eid al-Fitr, breaking the Ramadan fast.

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