Happy Feast of Eid el Fitr

We congratulate all our Muslim Friends who successfully completed this month of Ramadan and wish them a very happy feast of Eid el Fitr.

Please find attached the Message from the Vatican
sent to all Muslim friends at the occasion of Eid el Fitr.

And for our readers, a little reminder taken from
http://icalendrier.fr/religion/fetes-musulmanes/aid-el-fitr.

Origin of Eid el Fitr

Eid el-Fitr, or festival of rupture, is the commemoration marking the end of Ramadan fasting. This celebration is the expression of the forgiveness granted by Allah to the Muslims who, during the month of Ramadan, were able to show their submission in order to atone for their sins of the past year.

When he created the ceremonial attached to Eid al-Fitr, Muhammad (Mohammed in French) insisted on the attitude of righteousness and piety that was to be attached to it so that the believers could begin a new year in the most Virtuous.

Celebration of Eid el Fitr

Aid al-Fitr marks the end of the fast of Ramadan. It is customary to start this festive day at dawn by going to the mosque for the first prayer of the day. This is an opportunity for children to receive new clothes and gifts.

It is also a time of reunion and charity. It is good visiting one’s parents, one’s friends and celebrating around this feast, but it is also important to make gifts to the needy and to share.

 

Week of prayer for Christian Unity

At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (see John 17.21). Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for their unity. Congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. The event that touches off this special experience is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity…

Continue reading this story on the Website of the World Council of Churches and download here the brochure for 2017.