Eid Celebration in Taipei, Taipei Main Station and Daan Park Packed of the People
Eid al-Fitr in Taipei Main Station, the main hall was packed of the people especially the Indonesian new immigrants
The Eid al-Fitr celebration 2019 in Taipei on June 9 took in 2 different main places, in Taipei Main Train Station and Daan Forest Park. Eid celebrations are festively held on Sunday, because Sunday is a public holiday.
This year Eid al-Fitr was held on weekday, where many Muslims do not get time off in Taiwan, most of them got few hours off day, specifically to perform simple Eid prayers and celebration. This year, there was a long holidays in Taiwan also coincide with the Dragon Boat Festival, therefore people have a more adequate holiday time and used this opportunity to stay in touch on Sunday.
Eid celebration in TMS Underground shopping plaza area
The Taiwanese government seeks to make Taiwan become a friendlier country for the new immigrants, friendly to Muslim communities, as expressed by the Taipei Mayor Ke Wenzhe, as an example held the Muslim Carnival2019, related to the Eid al-Fitr.
Based on the onsite observation, thousands of Indonesian had packed the area of the Taipei Main Train Station (TMS) since the morning. In addition to the recitation Quran program outside the TMS, Indonesian citizens dominated by migrant workers packed on the main hall of the TMS, the TMS underground area, and Little Indonesia, nearby TMS. Music and arts events made the atmosphere celebration merrier.
Meanwhile, in Daan Park, the attractive bazaar tents full of the visitors since in the morning, you can see variety creative objects from Tunisia, Morocco, Turkish dried fruits, Indian spices, Iranian desserts, and specialties from other various countries. There were also "hand-made cultural experiences" with fun Arabic calligraphy, mosaic collages, hijabs, Turkish floating paints, Brilliant Time Bookstore stands, and henna paintings.
The opening ceremony of Eid al-Fitr celebration in Daan Park, Taipei
Those who are interested to know about Islamic culture can listen to the inspirational studies related to the Muslim culture communities from various countries. Honored guests who were speakers included the Golden Bell award winner Wu Feng (吳鳳); the best young man of Taiwan as well as a new second generation from Indonesia; Kimyung, Afghanistan international volunteer Lin Baixun (林柏勛), and drummer Ma Junren (馬儁人).
Taiwanese and new immigrants were mingled together during the Eid celebration
These celebrations showed that Taiwanese people and new immigrants could exchanged experiences, mingled, and having fun together.