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President Tsai greets Muslims in Taiwan with Eid Mubarak

2018/06/15 20:56:11

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Taipei, June 15 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Friday greeted Muslims in Taiwan and around the world with Eid Mubarak, a traditional Muslim greeting reserved for use on the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.

On her Facebook page, Tsai also shared a social media link to an animation on Muslim practices, and expressed hope that people can use this opportunity to find out more about the history of Islam and its cultural diversity.

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), meanwhile, also expressed on Facebook its good wishes to Muslims in Taiwan on this important religious holiday.

Taiwan is a country that respects multiculturalism, the DPP said, thanking the country's Muslim population, including migrant workers, for their contributions to Taiwan's economy and social diversity.

Hundreds of Muslims in Taiwan, many of whom are migrant workers from Indonesia, gathered in the lobby of Taipei Main Station that day to celebrate the end of the month-long Ramadan fast.

Taipei Deputy Mayor Chen Chin-jun (陳景峻), who attended the event, remarked that the city has been promoting more Muslim-friendly facilities and services, including prayer rooms in public areas and a Halal certification system for local restaurants.

Robert James Bintaryo, Indonesia's representative to Taiwan, in return welcomed the city's efforts, while thanking Chen and the city government for organizing the day's event.

The religious event was also celebrated at the Taipei Grand Mosque with a prayer ceremony headed by mosque adviser and imam Ibrahim Chao (趙錫麟).

According to the Taipei City government, a post-Ramadan "Muslim Carnival" will be held at the Da'an Forest Park Sunday, featuring dance performances and stalls selling food and homewares from around the globe.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Ko Lin)
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