US President Barack Obama extended his warm wishes to Muslims around the world on the eve of Eidul Fitr.
In a statement issued by the White House on Thursday, Obama said, “Michelle and I would like to extend our warmest wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the world celebrating Eidul Fitr."
The president's message also celebrated the diversity within Muslim communities and reminded Americans of the importance of respecting all faiths.
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"Millions of people head to local mosques for special Eid prayers followed by festive gatherings, gift exchanges, and feasts among friends, neighbours and families. The diversity of traditions paint the vibrant images we see from around the world capturing the spirit and excitement of Eid – colourful dresses or white garments decorating the masses of people standing in lines for prayer, lanterns and ornaments lighting up bazaars and neighbourhoods, intricate henna designs painted on hands of young girls and women, and an abundance of delectable foods and aromatic cuisines," the statement read.
Obama also lauded New York City’s decision to add Eidul Fitr and Eidul Azha as official public school holidays.
Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, responded to the decision in March, saying, “When these holidays are recognised, it’s a sign that Muslims have a role in the political and social fabric of America."
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"As Muslim Americans celebrate Eid across America, the holiday is a reminder to every American of the importance of respecting those of all faiths and beliefs," the US president said.
Eid is being celebrated today in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Gulf states, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and United States among other countries.
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