Known as the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast, Eid al-Fitr falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal on the Islamic calendar, signaling the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, and the start of a three-day feast.
For Muslims in Canada and around the world, this important Islamic holiday is a time marked by congregational prayers, charitable giving to those in need, and festive meals. It is also a time of joyous celebration with family and friends.
For all Canadians, this day provides a terrific opportunity to learn more about the Muslim faith and to reflect on the vast contributions of the Muslim community to Canadian society.
As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I extend my best wishes to Muslims everywhere for a happy and healthy Eid al-Fitr holiday celebration.
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