Around May 26 (or as predicted by the moon), Muslims around the world will begin to fast as part of Ramadan.
In Toronto, a group of Canadians are getting together for a massive celebration at Nathan Phillips Square on June 9. The inaugural ‘Fast in the 6‘ will unite Canadians of all backgrounds, and invites the community to break fast together.
The event’s message is “Diversity. Unity. Prosperity.” and is lead by philanthropists Dany and Lisa Assaf. Free to everyone, the evening will also be hosted by the Raptors’ host Mark Strong, and will include a speech by Mayor John Tory.
“Toronto’s greatest asset in today’s global economy is our foundation and history of inclusion and openness to a diversity of talent and ideas,” said Tory in a press release by the event. “Reaffirming that is important for the future prosperity of our great city.”
The celebratory evening will include fireworks accompanied by the TSO, and famed comedian Mo Amer, who was recently on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
A portion of the event proceeds will be raised for the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank.
Ramadan starts around May 26, and is the ninth month on the Islamic calendar. It is observed by Muslims as the month of fasting (sawm), and will end around June 24. Muslims abstain from food and drinks from sunrise to sunset, and breaking fast is traditionally a big family meal each night. The dates are always varying as it depends on the moon cycle.
Ramadan kareem, Toronto!
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
When: Friday, June 9 at 8 to 11 pm