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Indonesian workers celebrate end of Ramadan in Taipei

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei City Foreign and Disabled Labor Office (FDLO) yesterday held a celebration event in honor of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr that drew several thousand Indonesian workers to greet the end of their monthlong period of fasting.

Also called the Feast of Breaking the Fast, Eid al-Fitr is one of the most important religious holidays celebrated by Muslims throughout the world; the day marks the end of Ramadan, which is the Islamic holy month of fasting from dawn until sunset.

Eid falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal and is also a day when Muslims around the world show a common goal of unity.

The event was held at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, with popular Indonesian singer Inul Daratista performing for her fellow Indonesians. Another celebration was held at the 228 Peace Memorial Park, with band performances and dancing that welcomed all in attendance.

Despite fasting throughout the day, Muslims are still expected to go on with their everyday jobs. The FDLO called for Taiwanese citizens to respect different religions and different religious practices, allowing Muslims to celebrate the conclusion of Ramadan.

Department of Labor Commissioner Chen Yeh-shin (陳業鑫) stated that the event was held as the government wished for the foreign laborers to be able to enjoy their holidays after so much dedication to hard work. "We have invited both our foreign worker friends and our local Taiwanese citizens to enjoy a wonderful weekend," said Chen.

The FDLO set up signs in numerous languages pointing the foreign workers in the right direction at Taipei Main Station, also using both Chinese and Indonesian to broadcast directions and greetings to those celebrating.

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