MUKILTEO —The holy month of Ramadan concludes Wednesday night and Thursday is Eid al-Fitr, the “festival of breaking the fast.”
It ends a month of fasting between dawn and sunset.
Ramadan, held in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is observed by Muslims worldwide with fasting, prayer, reflection and community.
Mosques host special services for the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
In Mukilteo, a service will be held at Pointe of Grace Lutheran Church, 5425 Harbour Pointe Blvd.
Riaz Khan said all faiths are invited to attend, starting at 9 a.m. with prayer.
“We want to show the public this is a Ramadan celebration,” he said. “This is festive.”
The tradition is to wear new clothes or something dressy.
After the prayers, toys and sweet treats will be given to all the children.
Khan’s wife, Ayesha, with other volunteers wrapped 200 gifts.
“All different toys,” Khan said.
Some shops give away goodie bags to kids to mark the occasion.
The Arabic greeting to wish someone a happy Ramadan is “Ramadan Mubarek.”
Or you can just say “Happy Ramadan.”
Local mosques are in Everett, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace.
Khan’s group meets at Pointe of Grace Lutheran Church. In March, ground was broken for the Islamic Center of Mukilteo at 3920 Harbour Pointe Blvd. SW, the first mosque in the city. Khan, a Boeing engineer who was elected to the Mukilteo City Council in 2019, is president of the group that planned and promoted the mosque.
The 3,796-square-foot building will have an assembly and prayer area, multi-purpose room, offices, a kitchen, restrooms and two classrooms. The opening date of the Mukilteo mosque depends on funding, but is expected in about two years.