Rome: Celebrations to mark end of Ramadan
Rome's Arab cultural centre and the Moroccan government are organising a series of feasts and other events for Muslim's living in the Italian capital as the holy fasting month of Ramadan draws to a close next week, the 'Centro Averroe' announced.
The cultural centre will on 15 September hold celebrations to mark the Night of Destiny - the 27th day of Ramadan and the day when the Koran - Islam's holy book - is revealed to the prophet Mohammed for the first time. Devout Muslims mark the day by praying and feasting together from sunset until dawn.
"The celebrations will involve the various areas of Rome where Muslim immigrants live and aim to strengthen the moderate Arab culture held dear by the Moroccan community," the 'Centro Averroe' said in a statement.
The Moroccan community is one of the largest immigrant communities in Italy.
During the celebrations, volunteers from the centre will be present at Rome's Rebibbia jail and in centres that house unaccompanied immigrant children.
The 'Centro Averroe' will also host the celebrations that mark the end of Ramadan, which this year is the night of 19-20 September. Ramadan is followed by the three-day Eid ul-Fitr Muslim holiday.
Source: AKI (English)