10K Muslims mark end of Ramadan

Thousands of Muslims observing the end of Ramadan at the Luneta Grandstand. Photo by JON-JON REYES

AT least 10,000 members of the Muslim community participated in the observance of the Eid’l Fitr early yesterday morning at the Quirino Grandstand in Ermita, Manila.

It was learned that as early as around 2 a.m., members of the Manila Police District (MPD) have already been posted at the Childrens Playground area.

Beginning at 4 a.m., the Muslim community members began arriving along with their families and bringing with them various kinds of food which they later ate together.

The activities began at 7 a.m. with a ‘Salat al-fajr’ or morning prayer for the Eid’l Fitr held at the open field in front of the Grandstand.  This was followed by a prayer and talks from Imams, followed by gift-giving to children.

Police said the entire event was generally peaceful.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared yesterday, (June 5) as a non-working holiday to give way to the Muslim observance of Eid’l Fitr, marking the end of  Ramadan.