Some 12,000 Muslims gathered at the Park Expo Sunday to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr, a feast that marks the end of Ramadan.
During the holy month, Muslims devote themselves to dawn-to-dusk fasting, prayers, good deeds and abstinence from worldly pleasures.
Believers mark the end of that month with Eid al-Fitr, which can be celebrated for up to three days and is a public holiday.
On Sunday in Charlotte, Sheikh Abdelkarim Edghouch of Dallas, Texas, led the Eid prayer.
Jibril Hough, a spokesman for the Islamic Center of Charlotte, said security was increased at the gathering in reaction to the massacre at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, along with other recent acts of vandalism and violence directed at Muslims around the country.
The Charlotte event was peaceful, and one of the largest yet for the citys Muslim community.
So many colors and cultures and nations, coming together as one, Hough said.