Utah Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Islamic Society of Utah celebrated the conclusion of Ramadan Friday with a gathering at the Salt Palace.


Followers of the Muslim faith do not eat or drink from dawn to dusk for 30 days as part of Ramadan. After the 30 days are over, they celebrate with food, family and friends.

"We will have the congregational prayer here," said Iqbal Hossain, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake. "After that, people are free to go and visit people and have fun. We have some programs scheduled for tomorrow and next week. So, you know, it is fun all day."

More than 6,500 people gathered to hear Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker speak and to end their month-long fast.

Celebrants dressed in their best clothes and met together for communal prayer before a meal.

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