Muslims in Asia and a number of Middle Eastern countries celebrated the Eid-al-Fitr religious holiday on Sunday with prayers for peace as they marked the end of Islam's holy month of Ramadan. A message of friendship across religions is our honest wish to one and all, Muslims and non-Muslims, and we are happy to recall this message on the occasion of the end of Ramadan and the celebration of the Eid.
It's not the first time the administration has broken the White House's Ramadan tradition.
President Pranab Mukherjee also extended Eid-ul-Fitr greetings to all while hoping that the festival may strengthen an unflinching faith in unity and common destiny. The statement further stated the holiday is a reminder of the significance of "mercy, compassion, and goodwill" and the United States renews its commitment to honour these values.
About 500,000 Muslims live in Southern California, with more than 120,000 in Orange County, the second-largest population of Muslims in the United States.
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The first-ever White House event to mark Ramadan was held by President Thomas Jefferson in 1805 for a Tunisian envoy. Bush bows his head during a prayer during an Iftar dinner with ambassadors and Muslim leaders on September 17, 2008.
Fiji Muslim Youth Movement national president Mohammed Anees Khan extended the youth movement's heartiest greetings to all Fijians on the blessed occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
The White House issued a statement on late Saturday evening.
The annual White House dinners were usually attended by some prominent members of the Muslim community.
The Islamic Center of Southern California is hosting an Eid celebration in Pasadena and the New Horizon school in L.A.'s Koreatown neighborhood is also hosting a Sunday morning celebration.
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For the first time in almost 20 years, the White House did not host a dinner celebrating the end of Ramadan, a Muslim religious holiday.
Donald Trump's government has not held an iftar dinner for the end of Ramadan, breaking a Muslim tradition held at the White House for more than two centuries.
"May this joyous occasion, bring happiness, peace and prosperity and be opportunity to rededicate ourselves to serve humanity", he said in his message.
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