|Published:||Aug 19, 2012 11:26 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 30, 2012 8:41 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - It was a day of celebration for Muslims all over the world and Southwest Florida was no exception.
Sunday marked the end of Ramadan, a month long observance of spirituality and fasting. At Estero Park, over one-hundred people from the Muslim community came together to pray, eat, and give gifts.
For kids, the end of Ramadan is a time to celebrate.
"It's like a time when you enjoy yourself, because it's the end of Ramadan!" said 10-year old Merian Atmani.
"My favorite part is when we get a feast and open our presents!" said 10-year old, Amin Hamica.
For adults, it's a time of increased devotion, prayer, and charity. A celebration marking the end of a month when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and observe other tenets of Islam.
"It's a month of spirituality, it's a month of sharing hunger with the poor people," said Riadh Atmani.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is regarded as the holiest month for Muslims.
"All over the world, Muslims get together, with family, we give gifts to the kids, and they share a meal with each other," Atmani said.