2 Muslim Domes To Discuss Misnomer ‘Candy Feast’ With Ministry

2 Muslim Domes To Discuss Misnomer ‘Candy Feast’ With Ministry

The Liaison Body for Muslims and Government (CMO) will urge the Ministry of Justice and Security to reduce its use of the incorrectly named “Candy Festival” for Eid al-Fitr, which celebrates the end of Ramadan. This is reported by the partnership of more than 380 mosques and ten Islamic umbrella organizations.

According to the contact bureau, ‘Sugar Feast’ does not do justice to the literal translation of the official term Eid al-Fitr. It literally means “breakfast feast”.

“Candy Feast has nothing to do with the feeling of Ramadan,” said CMO chief Muhsin Köktaş. The CMO would like to discuss the government’s request to shorten the time at the next regular consultation with the Ministry of Justice and Security. It is scheduled for June 15.

Prominent interlocutors from various ministries are increasingly pointing out that Muslims regret that the end of the fasting period of Ramadan is associated with consuming sweets simply through the term “Sugar Feast.”

Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment since conscription

At the end of April, Minister of Social Affairs and Employment Karien van Gennip (SZW) had already used the term ‘Eid al-Fitr’ when he spoke about fasting after sunset in Ramadan.

“It was not because of government policy or the law,” said a ministry spokesman. “In this case, it was a choice to match the target group to which we were invited.”

The ministry keeps open the possibility of increasing the term “Ramadan festival” by the government in the long term. “Language is a living thing and adapts to the needs of a group.”

Eid al-Fitr is an important holiday for Muslims.

Eid al-Fitr is the main celebration of fasting during the month of Ramadan. It is one of the most important religious days for almost a million Muslims in the Netherlands. Of course, this also includes treats such as candy, but there is more.

Often the day starts with morning prayer in the mosque or at home. Muslims usually wear their finest specially purchased clothes and greet each other with the words “Eid Mubarak” (“a holy holiday”). They donate money to charities, visit family and friends and give each other gifts.

This is what the Muslims and the government liaison institute are doing.

  • The Contact Body Muslims and Government (GMO) represents the interests of Muslims in the Dutch government and politics on behalf of more than 380 mosques and ten mosque domes. Since 2004, the GMO has been officially recognized as a consignee.
  • The GMO regularly consults with, among others, the ministries of Education, Culture and Science, Defence, Social Affairs and Employment and Justice and Security.
  • Justice and Security also includes the former Independent Ministry of Religion. This former ministry was responsible for religion and philosophy.

Source: NU