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Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Hosts Eid al-Fitr Celebration in Hanoi

Hanoi, April 13, 2024, The Europe Today: In a joyous display of cultural exchange and solidarity, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in collaboration with the Embassies of several Arab and Muslim countries in Vietnam, including Palestine, Libya, the UAE, Morocco, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, Brunei, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Algeria, hosted a vibrant Eid al-Fitr celebration today.

The event, held in Hanoi, was graced by the presence of representatives from Vietnamese ministries and agencies such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Government Office, as well as embassies, chargé d’affaires, diplomatic representatives, and international organizations. Members of the Muslim community in Hanoi also enthusiastically participated.

His Excellency Mr. Mohammed Ismaeil A. Dahlwy, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, introduced the significance of Eid al-Fitr, emphasizing its importance to Muslims worldwide. He highlighted that Ramadan is a period of fasting, prayer, and self-reflection, culminating in a celebration of great joy and unity.

Eid al-Fitr, a key festival in the Islamic calendar, is marked by prayers, communal gatherings, gift exchanges, and feasting with loved ones. The festivities vary across regions but universally symbolize forgiveness, compassion, and togetherness.

Ambassador Dahlwy shared insights into Saudi Arabian traditions during Eid, including family gatherings, gift-giving to children (Eidia), and the enjoyment of Saudi coffee, dates, and traditional foods. He underlined the values of peace, coexistence, and unity embodied by Eid al-Fitr, urging solidarity with those suffering, particularly the Palestinian people.

In addition to Saudi Arabia’s presentation, embassies of Bangladesh, Palestine, Libya, Morocco, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Iran showcased their cultural heritage through video clips, introducing attendees to their customs, cuisine, and traditions associated with Eid al-Fitr.

Participants at the celebration engaged in various cultural activities, including henna painting, circus and magic performances, and statue painting for children, offering a rich experience of Arabic and Muslim cultural traditions.

The event concluded with a message of hope for security, peace, and understanding among nations, reflecting on the importance of fostering tolerance and compassion across diverse religious and cultural backgrounds.

The Eid al-Fitr celebration in Hanoi served as a meaningful occasion for cultural exchange and mutual appreciation, encapsulating the spirit of unity and friendship among nations. The participating embassies and attendees left with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the rich diversity within the Arab and Muslim communities.