A gathering for peace

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Members of the diplomatic corps, government officials, prominent members of the Muslim community and corporate executives gathered to celebrate the Eid’l Fitr Festival at Samsung Hall, SM Aura Premier in Bonifacio Global City.

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Eid’l Fitr, also known as the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast, is an important celebration for Muslims worldwide. It marks the end of the month-long fast during Ramadan and marks the beginning of the month Shawwal.

During Eid, families and friends reunite to celebrate and offer thanksgiving to Allah. Eid’l Fitr has been proclaimed a national holiday in the Philippines since 2002 to foster peace and goodwill between major religions in the Philippines.

Hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs Office of Middle East and African Affairs (Omeaa) in cooperation with SM and National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), “Building Bridges through Music” was this year’s theme with cultural performances mirroring the traditional Muslim culture through dance and music.

Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano led the celebration, dedicating the event to Muslim brothers and sisters and to all the diplomatic corps with the message that all nations must take concentrated efforts in promoting peace and to overcome the scourge of violence and extremism as with the current situation in Marawi.

As such, during the reception, DFA-Omeaa distributed pins with Sarimanok Artwork containing “Marawi #TogetherWeWillRise” as a symbol that the festivities also support the rise of Marawi anew.

Members of the Diplomatic corps from the Middle Eastern and African Countries—Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Iran, Oman, Kuwait, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan and Turkey took part in the celebration.

In a show of unity, their counterparts from Venezuela, Korea, Ethiopia, Sweden, Myanmar, Swiss, Italy, Laos, European Union, Russia, Monaco, Netherlands, Hungary, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Pakistan, China, Indian, Nigeria, and Bangladesh also graced the event.

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