On the joyful occasion of Idul Fitri, Teresa and I convey our warmest wishes to Muslims across the world. This holiday marks the end of Ramadan, a season full of acts of devotion, reflection, charity, service, community meals and family gatherings. Eid is a time when Muslims celebrate their inner growth from the sacrifices made during Ramadan, and mark the start of a new month with neighbors and loved ones with a sense of gratitude.
As Muslim communities around the world, including in the United States, gather in mosques, community centers and homes for prayers and to exchange greetings and sweets, we are reminded that the richness and diversity of our religious and cultural traditions are our strength. In the United States, and at our embassies and consulates across the globe, we recognize this occasion as an opportunity to celebrate our common humanity and values.
Next week, it will be my pleasure to once again host a reception in honor of Eid al-Fitr for civil society representatives, interfaith leaders, government leaders, and members of the Diplomatic Corps in Washington, DC.
I wish you all a blessed and peaceful holiday.