Local Muslims Gather at Pasadena Convention Center for End of Ramadan Celebration

Published : Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | 5:31 AM

Thousands of members of the Islamic Center in Southern California gathered at the Pasadena Convention Center on Sunday, June 25, to celebrate the end of the Muslim holy month, Ramadan.

The celebration, called Eid L’Fitr, was attended by a number of Christians and Jewish community members who were invited by their Muslim friends, a report on CBS said. It also coincided with other similar gatherings across southern California. In Anaheim, as many as 15,000 people gathered for the annual Eid prayer.

Ramadan began on May 26 and culminated last weekend in events worldwide where families gathered early for prayers and food and festivities. Eid also marked the end of a month-long daytime fast that Muslims customarily do during their holy month.

At the Pasadena Convention Center, U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-Pasadena) spoke about the challenges the community faces with recent policy pronouncements from the Trump administration, including the travel ban from a number of Muslim-dominated countries, and the threat of deportation for some members of the immigrant community.

“The embrace of others, whether from another religion or another country, is what our community stands for,” U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu said.

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