Muslim families picnic in Tokyo as Eid al-Fitr celebration falls during Golden Week holiday

TOKYO — As the Islamic holy month of Ramadan comes to an end this year in the middle of Japan’s Golden Week holiday season, many Muslim residents celebrated Eid al-Fitr (the breaking of the fast) with great picnic in a Tokyo park.

Muslim families are seen picnicking to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, in Tokyo’s Katsushika district on May 3, 2022. (Mainichi/Daisuke Wada )

The park in the capital’s Katsushika district was packed with people, including foreign residents, on May 3, during Japan’s first Golden Week in three years without COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Ramadan, Islam’s holy month of fasting, ended on May 1, followed by the start of Eid al-Fitr on May 2. Muslim residents of Indonesia and Pakistan who gathered with their friends and family enjoyed their meals sitting in a circle to celebrate the religious holiday.

Muhammad Shalahuddin Sadikin, a 32-year-old Indonesian teacher, said: “I used to go home at least once a year before the coronavirus pandemic, but I haven’t been able to for two and a half years. couldn’t celebrate in such large numbers last year, so I’m happy.”

(Japanese original by Daisuke Wada, Photo Group)

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