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Vibrant Eid Celebrations At New York Consulate


Vibrant Eid Celebrations At New York Consulate

India-West Staff Reporter

NEW YORK, NY  – On April 21, 2024, the Indian Muslim Community of NY/NJ/CT continued its tradition of showcasing unity by hosting the Eid Celebrations 2024 at the Consulate General of India. The event began with a stirring Quran recitation and translation, setting the tone for a day filled with cultural richness and community spirit.

Welcoming the gathering, Dr. Varun Jeph, Acting Consul General, highlighted the significance of Eid in India’s cultural landscape, emphasizing its reflection of the nation’s millennia-old composite culture and unity in diversity. He underscored the importance of celebrating diversity, a value shared by both India and the diverse city of New York.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer conveyed his heartfelt wishes through a video message, emphasizing the theme of unity in love and faith during challenging times marked by division and bigotry.

New York State Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar, the first Indian woman elected in the state, shared her deep connection with the Muslim community and her efforts to empower it. She highlighted initiatives such as expanding halal food options in public schools and ensuring the allowance of the Muslim call to prayer in New York City.

Special citations from the State of New York were presented to IMC’s founding member Ilayas Quraishi and others, recognizing their contributions to the community. Quraishi expressed humility and gratitude for the community’s support in preserving the tradition of celebrating Eid at the CGI in New York.

New York State Senator John Liu acknowledged the significant Muslim population in India and the thriving Indian American community in New York, emphasizing the importance of unity and solidarity.

Councilman Yusef Salaam highlighted the symbolic significance of Eid, representing gratitude, brotherhood, and unity among Muslims worldwide.

Deputy Public Advocate Kashif Hussain expressed gratitude for the invitation and presented citations from the New York Public Advocate to community members for their contributions.

The event also received messages of support from New York Governor Kathy Hochul and presentations from various community leaders, including Sibu Nair, Deputy Director of Asian American Affairs for New York State.

The celebrations featured a diverse range of cultural performances, including explanations of Eid’s significance, ghazal performances, traditional drumming, and stand-up comedy, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the Indian Muslim community.

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  • Fail to understand why India is so keen to celebrate Muslim Eid when no Muslim country celebrate Diwali or other Hindu religious day. India never learned from Muslim attacks, looting, killing of Hindus, and partitioning of the country. Also paying Muslims to go for hujj at public expense when that money can be used for the betterment of poor Hindus.

    April 26, 2024

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