(UNION CITY, NEW JERSEY) Mayor Brian P. Stack and the Board of Commissioners along with Dr. Mohamed Moussa of the North Hudson Islamic Education Center hosted a lighting ceremony to celebrate the beginning of Ramadan on Friday, May 26, 2017 on 32nd Street and Kennedy Boulevard.

Ramadan is recognized in the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. It is observed by Muslims all over the world through a month long fasting from dawn to sunset as an expression of self-restraint, humility, and patience to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. Muslims believe that through fasting they will receive spiritual blessings that are multiplied during the month of Ramadan. Muslims are encouraged to increase prayer, complete acts of charity and recitation of the Quran during Ramadan.

“We are commemorating the beginning of Ramadan by lighting the fanous,” said Mayor Brian P. Stack. “It is important that we stand together in support of our Muslims friends and neighbors as they begin their spiritual journey during this holy month. Union City has always been a community of ethnic and religious diversity. We celebrate our inclusiveness and honor our religious and cultural differences.”