April 17


Breaking Bread and Breaking Barriers: Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr in Canarsie

April 17, 2023

Toward the end of this week, Muslims from all over the neighborhood will come together to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr, also known as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast.” It is a time of joy and gratitude, and an opportunity for Muslims to reflect on their spiritual journey during the month of Ramadan.

The celebration typically takes place in Canarsie Park, where families gather to pray and enjoy each other’s company. It’s a time for children to play, for parents to catch up with old friends and for everyone to take part in the joy and happiness of the occasion.

What’s particularly striking about the Eid celebration in Canarsie is the diversity of the community. People of all races, ethnicities and backgrounds come together, creating a true sense of unity and togetherness.

The celebration is also an opportunity for non-Muslims to learn about and appreciate Islamic culture. It’s a feast for the senses – between the alluring fragrances and colorful clothes – and it’s a chance for everyone to come together and celebrate diversity.

In a world that can often feel divided, events like the Eid celebration in Canarsie remind us of the importance of community and connection. It’s a chance for us to see that despite our differences, we are all part of the same human family, and that by coming together and celebrating our unique identities, we can create a more peaceful and harmonious world.

As we look ahead to future celebrations, let us commit to continuing to build bridges of understanding and compassion. Let us celebrate not only our own cultures and traditions but also the cultures and traditions of our neighbors, and let us work toward a more inclusive and welcoming society for all.

Let us continue to embrace this spirit of togetherness and use it as a model for building a more peaceful and harmonious Canarsie.

– Jibreel Jalloh is a community activist. He founded and runs a Canarsie-based advocacy organization which has fought for a range of investments. You can learn more at theflossy.org and follow on social media @TheFlossyOrg. Jibreel graduated from Baruch College (CUNY) and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at New York University.


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