Friday, June 15, 2018

Eid al-Fitr in Seoul

Men pray during the Eid al-Fitr service at Seoul Central Mosque. 

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and is one of the most important holy days on the Muslim calender. I've been photographing Eid al-Fitr since the early 2000s and I try to photograph Eid services every year where ever I am. 
A Muslim family on their way to mosque for Eid gets in an elevator in a Seoul subway station. 

Muslims make up a tiny percentage of South Korea. Most are Buddhist, but Christians have a large presence in the country. There is, however, a vibrant community of Muslim migrants in Seoul, from throughout the Muslim world. 
Some of the crowd at the mosque before the service started. 
Men pray in the parking lot of the mosque. 

The mosque was packed. I got to the mosque about 20 minutes before the service started and there were so many people on prayer rugs in the parking lot I couldn't get up to the actual mosque. I photographed the service from a corner of the crowd and then went into the mosque after the prayers to photograph the "Khutbah" or sermon.
The Imam delivers the khutbah. 
A man prays in the mosque after the khutbah.

After the Imam's sermon, men greeted each other, people posed for selfies in front of the mosque and folks poured into the street of the Muslim community around the mosque for banquets at the Muslim restaurants. 
A man from West Africa takes a selfie in front of the mosque. 

There are more photos of Eid in my archive or available from ZUMA Press.

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