Marking the end of Ramadan, Muslims in Ontario will be celebrating the festival of Eid al-Fitr. Based on the lunar calendar, this year’s celebrations occur on May 2.
This joyous festival marks the end of the month-long sunrise to sunset fasts of Ramadan, which inspires people to better understand the suffering of others.
Eid al-Fitr encourages prayer, family visits as well as charity and community work with hopes that everyone can enjoy a special meal and show appreciation for the past month of reflection. As union members, we know the importance of working together for the greater benefit of all in our communities to achieve our common goals.
While gatherings are permitted in ways we have not seen in the last two years, like with any other gathering and celebration, we must do so while exercising good judgement and precautions to stay safe in our festivities.
May the sunset of Eid al-Fitr come with rays of hope and positivity.
JP Hornick, OPSEU/SEFPO President
Laurie Nancekivell, OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer