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Muslims celebrate end of Ramadan in Taipei

2015/07/20 17:17:00

Taipei, July 19 (CNA) Thousands of Muslims gathered at Taipei Railway Station on Sunday to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr festival, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

More than 10,000 migrant workers, most of them from Indonesia, came to the station on Sunday morning and the number was expected to increase to an estimated 20,000 later in the day, said Chien Hsin-li (簡信立), director of Taipei Railway Station.

Most Arab countries and Indonesia declared Friday the first day of the three-day Eid, while in other countries, including India and Iran, the holiday started on Saturday, according to Al Jazeera.

To welcome Muslims' celebration of Eid al-Fitr, the National Taiwan Museum offered free admission to all visitors over the weekend.

Taipei's Foreign and Disabled Labor Office also hosted an outdoor music and entertainment event for the migrant workers on Sunday afternoon at the 228 Peace Memorial Park, which is about one kilometer from the Taipei train station.

Because the large gathering of people at the train station had the potential to cause inconveniences for travelers, Taipei's Labor Department appealed to local residents to understand and respect migrant workers' culture and religion.

There are some 40,000 migrant workers in Taipei, and 75 percent of them come from Indonesia, according to Taipei Labor Department statistics.

There were more than 570,000 migrant workers in Taiwan, with 230,000 of them from Indonesia, as of the end of May 2015.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Kuo Chung-han)