PREMIER John Horgan said in a statement on Thursday to mark Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan:
“Beginning today, Muslims in British Columbia and around the world will observe Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan. To celebrate, Muslims traditionally attend morning prayers, indulge in sweets and share meals with loved ones.
“This year, Eid will once again look different as we continue to fight COVID-19. During these difficult days, the values of compassion, sacrifice and generosity, which are central to the Muslim community, shine all the brighter.
“While the end of this pandemic is in sight, I can only imagine how difficult it was for friends and families to spend Ramadan apart. I want to thank the Muslim community for following the advice of public health experts. I am hopeful next year will look different, with people once again standing shoulder to shoulder at mosques, sharing stories and breaking bread at iftar.
“The quickest way to get back to celebrating together again is to get vaccinated. I encourage everyone in B.C. to register at: gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated
“On behalf of all British Columbians, I wish those who observed the holy month a joyous end to Ramadan.