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Charlotte-area Muslims mark end of Ramadan with prayer and celebration

A small child, center, sits in a stroller among worshipers on Friday as Charlotte-area Muslims gathered in Concord to mark the end of the hoy month of Ramadan.
A small child, center, sits in a stroller among worshipers on Friday as Charlotte-area Muslims gathered in Concord to mark the end of the hoy month of Ramadan. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Thousands of Charlotte-area Muslims gathered Friday morning to mark the end of Ramadan with prayer and greetings of “Eid Mubarak” – Arabic for “Happy Eid.”

Eid al-Fitr is the joyous holiday that ushers in three days of communal meals and gift-giving. It directly follows Ramadan, the most holy month on the Islamic calendar and a time for repentance and daytime fasting. Even water is not allowed. This year, Ramadan fell on many days that reached almost 100 degrees.

Friday's Eid celebration, which included many Muslims dressed in their native countries’ garb, was held at the Cabarrus Arena in Concord. Tim Funk

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