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WHEREAS, Ramadan is the holiest month of the Islamic calendar, and marks the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad; and
WHEREAS, Ramadan lasts 29 to 30 days based on the timing of the astronomical new moon; and
WHEREAS, Muslims around the world observe the month by fasting each day from sunrise to sunset; and
WHEREAS, the daily breaking of fast, called Iftar, is often celebrated by family and community gatherings, and is followed by the Tarawih evening prayer; and
WHEREAS, Ramadan is regarded as a time for spiritual reflection; increased awareness and giving to the global poor, sick, and hungry; and a bridging of differences between people over a shared commitment to faith; and
WHEREAS, Muslims across the Commonwealth and around the world marked the beginning of Ramadan this year amidst a global pandemic, and were forced to find new ways to connect and observe together, over video calls and virtual group gatherings; and
WHEREAS, it may have been challenging to experience Ramadan without all of the customary gatherings and formalities, the holy month was still full of reflection, compassion and unity nonetheless, and the acts of kindness and selflessness shown by the Muslim community continue to bring hope to us all; and
WHEREAS, the end of Ramadan is traditionally commemorated by the Eid al-Fitr festival of breaking the fast, a joyous occasion marked by sharing sweets, gifts, and good tidings with family, friends, and neighbors; and
WHEREAS, despite a new normal, Virginia joins with Muslims around the world celebrating the close of Ramadan and a blessed Eid al-Fitr this year;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 23, 2020, or May 24, 2020, as EID al-FITR in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.