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MET holds summer picnic to celebrate Eid al-Fitr

Prayer congregations will be Wednesday in Hillsboro, Portland; picnic Saturday in Tigard.


This story has been updated from its original version.

TIMES FILE PHOTO - Families enjoy an iftar dinner at the Muslim Educational Trust Community Center in Tigard during Ramadan last year.The Muslim holy month of Ramadan ends this week, and the Muslim Educational Trust in Tigard is having a picnic and party this weekend in celebration.

During Ramadan, observant Muslims abstain from food or drink — even water, typically — from dawn until dusk. The day after Ramadan ends is Eid al-Fitr, one of the most important religious holidays in Islam. This year, Eid will be celebrated around the world on Wednesday.

Muslim community groups in the Portland area will hold prayer congregations Wednesday morning. The first prayer at Hillsboro Stadium on the Westside will be at 8:30 a.m., with another event at the Oregon Convention Center in Northeast Portland beginning at 9 a.m. Congregants are asked to bring their own prayer mats.

MET's summer picnic is also a celebration of the religious holiday. Fittingly, it will feature plenty of food: barbecued chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, salad, watermelon, corn-on-the-cob and more.

The picnic is Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the MET Community Center.

There will also be a bazaar during the picnic, featuring what MET's event announcement describes as “unique cultural items and distinctive gifts.”

MET promises “hours of fun” at the picnic with activities like a bounce house, a dunk tank, henna and table tennis.

Some activities, as well as lunch, will be offered for a charge.

MET also hosts a weekly iftar meal after sunset during the month of Ramadan.

The MET Community Center is located at 10330 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road in Tigard.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with information on prayer congregations in Hillsboro and Portland on Eid al-Fitr.