An estimated 2,000 local residents celebrated Eid al-Fitr– the festive conclusion of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan – with a prayer ceremony at 9 a.m. in James J. Braddock North Hudson Park on Friday, June 15. A second ceremony at 9:45 attracted hundreds more.
The prayer service was led by Dr. Mohamed Moussa, Imam of North Hudson Islamic Education Center (NHIEC), which sponsored the event. Following the prayers, attendees shared a tasty free meal in the park, provided by the NHIEC.
Eid marks the end of the month-long Ramadan fast, lasting from dawn to sunset. It is traditionally held in an open area or field. Formerly taking place in Union City, the local Eid celebration was moved to Braddock Park two years ago to better serve the expanding Muslim population in North Bergen.
North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Freeholder Anthony Vainieri visited the event to meet with celebrants and share their best wishes on this gala day. Many attendees wore colorful attire, with entertainment provided for kids by face painters and balloon artists.