City Library Hosts Eid al-Fitr Celebration
August 16, 2012—Salt Lake City—Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, and presents the opportunity for the community to break the month of fasting together. Literally, “the feast of breaking the fast,” provides the chance for friends, family, and neighbors to spend time with one another in celebration.
The City Library’s Eid al-Fitr festivities, August 25, in the Main Library Conference Center, are for people of all backgrounds. Events throughout the day offer the opportunity to learn about Islam, Ramadan, and the importance of Eid al-Fitr for Muslims. Dr. Mahan Mirza, from Zaytuna College and Graduate Theological Union will offer a keynote address explaining some of the important facets of the Islamic faith.
Following Mirza’s address is a screening of the award-winning documentary Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football, which follows a predominantly Arab-American high school football team from Dearborn, Michigan as they prepare for their biggest game of the season during the month of Ramadan. After the screening, Imad Fadlallah, retired principal from Fordson High School will answer questions about his experience.
Throughout the day, patrons can enjoy food, crafts, magicians, and henna tattoos. This celebration is sponsored by Salt Lake City Public Library, the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake, and the Muslim Student Associations of the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College.