From Mosques to Embassies, Japan Celebrates Eid with Community Spirit

Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, is a time of joy, reflection, and community.

In Japan, the celebration of Eid al-Fitr adds a unique layer to its diverse social fabric. Despite being a minority, the Muslim community in Japan comes together in a remarkable demonstration of faith and unity during this auspicious occasion.

Eid Prayer Across Japan

The focal point of Eid al-Fitr is the Eid prayer, a special congregational prayer that signifies the end of Ramadan. Across Japan, mosques become the centers of celebration, where Muslims of various backgrounds gather in the early morning.

Due to the limited space in many mosques and the growing number of participants, the Eid prayer is often held in two, or even five sessions.

This ensures that everyone has the opportunity to partake in the prayer, adhering to the mosque’s capacity and considering safety regulations.


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Muslim Community “Ruumuichi” (Rumah Umat Muslim Indonesia Chiba), who is based in Chiba Prefecture, Muslims who are willing to join the Eid pray with Ruumuichi is required to register themselves as announced on community’s social media, gather for approximately 200 people including kids celebrating the Eid together.

Embassy-Hosted Eid Celebrations

Adding to the communal spirit, various embassies in Japan host Eid prayers in their mosques or halls.

The embassies play a pivotal role in bringing together the Muslim community, offering a space for prayer and festivity.

Prayer in Chilly Weather

In Hokkaido, the Sapporo Mosque has adapted to the unique climatic conditions by holding Eid al-Fitr prayers in a park.

This thoughtful arrangement allows the Muslim community to perform their prayers comfortably, accommodating a large gathering outdoors.

Hokkaido, known for its extended winters compared to the Kanto or Kansai regions, presents a chilly backdrop for this special occasion.

Despite the cold, Muslims from various nationalities come together, illustrating a warm spirit of unity and celebration during Eid.

Feasting Together

One of the highlights of the Eid celebrations is the distribution of meals, especially at the embassies or community.

Following the prayers, attendees are treated to delicious food, often traditional dishes from the embassies’ or community’s members’ home country.

This act of sharing meals is a cornerstone of Eid al-Fitr, symbolizing unity, generosity, and gratitude. It allows participants to break their fast together, share stories, and enjoy the company of fellow community members, thereby strengthening bonds and fostering a sense of belonging.

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