President wishes Eid Mubarak to Muslims in Taiwan

05/23/2020 09:27 PM
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Taipei Grand Mosque, which is closed to worshipers due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. / CNA file photo
Taipei Grand Mosque, which is closed to worshipers due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. / CNA file photo

Taipei, May 23 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) wished Muslims in Taiwan and around the world Eid Mubarak on Saturday, a traditional Muslim greeting reserved for use on the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.

"This is a time to gather with family and friends and I hope everyone will enjoy the festival and celebrate in safety," Tsai tweeted.

Taiwan is a society that appreciates multiculturalism and freedom of religion, she also wrote on her Facebook page.

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, places that normally organize activities to celebrate Eid al-Fitr have been greatly reduced in Taiwan this year, the president noted, expressing hope that the pandemic will soon go away so that everyone can return to their normal lives.

The festival is observed by some 300,000 Muslims in Taiwan.

Each year, Muslims around the country usually celebrate Eid al-Fitr by praying at mosques and gathering with friends in places such as train stations and parks.

(By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Ko Lin)

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