The three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday is traditionally a time of family visits and festive meals, with children getting new clothes, haircuts and gifts.

In Portland, prayers were said at the Portland Expo on Friday night to culminate the month of daylight fasting.

“It’s a day to celebrate the achievement of a whole month of reflection and fasting,” Ahmed Abdirahman, executive director of the Maine Muslim Community Center, said. “It’s a day of family and friends; a day of greeting and prayers and good wishes.”

Abdirahman estimated 5,000 people celebrated at the Expo, marking the largest attendance ever.

 

 

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