Muslims from throughout Middle Tennessee, representing a multitude of ethnicities and cultural backgrounds, gathered for dinner on the grounds of Centennial Park to culminate Eid al-Fitr — the three days of festivities marking the end of Ramadan fasting.
Now in its second year, the Community Eid Carnival was created at the urging of young people so they could meet others who share their faith. Although there are an estimated 30,000 Muslims in Middle Tennessee, many families live in small towns where children and teenagers experience feelings of isolation. The carnival included soccer games, inflatable sliding boards, pizza and home-cooked treats.
The carnival was sponsored by several area mosques and other Muslim organizations.