Paterson holds Eid celebration event for New Jersey’s Muslim community

Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which is dedicated to fasting, worship, service, gathering and spiritual growth.

Amanda Eustice

Apr 10, 2024, 10:14 PM

Updated 45 days ago

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From the hands of the creator to the hands of the eater, food poured out of the Halal Brothers Truck at the city of Paterson's annual Eid celebration.
Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which is dedicated to fasting, worship, service, gathering and spiritual growth.
"I prayed five times a day and learned more about fasting. It's how many days you worship God," said Mohammed Jawab.
The Kurt family from Elmwood Park decided to come out to the event on Michigan Avenue, using the time to reflect on how grateful they are.
"We have to understand how poor people live, how people suffer if they don't eat food, so in order for people to understand how they feel we have to feel like them. We have to be like them. Which means we don't eat and we only skip the lunch, and it's not that hard and we do this to say thank you to God," said Ufuk Kurt.
But this year's Eid celebration was overshadowed by the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
Paterson city officials say they weren't even sure they were going to host an Eid Celebration this year because of all of the suffering overseas, but they still decided to do something all for the children in the community.


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