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Mayor Visits Taipei Main Station to Wish Muslim Community an Eid Mubarak

* Mayor Ko Wen-je visited the Taipei Travel Plaza at Taipei Main Station in the early morning of June 5 to attend the 2019 Indonesian Eid al-Fitr Eid Prayer, where he wished the Muslim community an Eid Mubarak. He also promised everyone that Taipei City will strive to become a more Muslim-friendly metropolis in the future.

According to Ko, Eid al-Fitr is an occasion for getting together and sharing; as a friendly, hospitable city, Taipei has upheld the philosophy of cultural diversity and ethnic equality. The Islamic community has not only broadened the horizon of Taiwanese citizens but also enhanced the richness and diversity of cultures in Taiwan.

Ko commented that there is a large Islamic community in Taipei City, and the Taipei City Government has endeavored to transform the city into a Muslim-friendly city through the promotion of Halal food, restaurants, and Muslim-friendly hotels. Additionally, since Taiwan Adventist Hospital is the only one to have obtained Halal certification, he has instructed the Department of Health to increase the number of Halal certified hospitals in Taipei City so that the local Muslim community may enjoy a safer living environment.

The mayor emphasized that Taipei City Government will strive to turn Taipei into a Muslim-friendly city. Besides expressing thanks to the concerted efforts of the Muslim community in Taiwan and the Taiwanese people in making Taiwan a better place, he also wished everyone an Eid Mubarak.

During his speech, Indonesian Economic and Trade Office to Taipei Representative Didi Sumedi thanked Mayor Ko for attending the Indonesian Eid al-Fitr and for creating a friendly attitude and environment in Taipei City for travelers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and other Muslim countries to visit Taipei City.

According to the Department of Civil Affairs, Muslims will congratulate one another with the greeting Eid Mubarak (Happy Eid al-Fitr) on the first day after the end of Ramadan, and they will get together with their families to share food and desserts in order to celebrate the end of Ramadan, almost like the first day of Chinese New Year celebrated by the Taiwanese people. Today, the Indonesian Eid al-Fitr Eid Prayer was hosted by the Indonesian Economic and Trade Office to Taipei, and the Taipei City Government has offered assistance in renting the Taipei Travel Plaza.