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Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area celebrates Eid al-Fitr with carnival

On Monday, the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area set up a carnival to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, a three-day festival which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan. Eid al-Fitr is a joyous time that marks the completion of Ramadan, a month devoted to worship and repentance during which observing Muslims abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset every day. Inflatable bounce houses and slides were a hit with the children, like Ameenah Abdullah, left, 5, and Hidaya Jaybullaev, 8, right, who put on their shoes after sliding down a pink, purple and blue slide before heading to the next, while 4-year-old Naima Suha, center, shrieks with delight while going down it for the first time.

MELISSA LYTTLE | Times

On Monday, the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area set up a carnival to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, a three-day festival which marks the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan. Eid al-Fitr is a joyous time that marks the completion of Ramadan, a month devoted to worship and repentance during which observing Muslims abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset every day. Inflatable bounce houses and slides were a hit with the children, like Ameenah Abdullah, left, 5, and Hidaya Jaybullaev, 8, right, who put on their shoes after sliding down a pink, purple and blue slide before heading to the next, while 4-year-old Naima Suha, center, shrieks with delight while going down it for the first time.

MELISSA LYTTLE | Times

Naima Suha, 4, reacts with surprise while going down an inflatable slide as Ameenah Abdullah, left, 5, and Hidaya Jaybullaev, 8, put on their shoes before heading to the next attraction during the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area's carnival Monday to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. The religious holiday, also called the Feast of Breaking the Fast, marks the end of Ramadan, a month devoted to worship and repentance during which Muslims abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset every day. Eid al-Fitr is celebrated on the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar, and observance begins with the sighting of the new moon.

Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area celebrates Eid al-Fitr with carnival 07/28/14 [Last modified: Monday, July 28, 2014 8:55pm]
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