23 May 2024

As Muslims around the world gather to mark the end of Ramadan, the Thailand’s Islamic community at the historic Tonson Mosque joined the Eid al-Fitr prayer during the early hours of this morning.

Tonson Mosque is the oldest mosque in Bangkok. 

This significant event drew attendees to the mosque and its community in Thonburi district of Bangkok, symbolising a communal embrace of peace, gratitude, and renewal.

As the sun began to rise, entire families, dressed in vibrant traditional attire, arrived together, reflecting the diverse tapestry of Bangkok’s Muslim community. 

Visiting the cemetery serves as a moment of contemplation, a bridge connecting the living with those who have passed. Families and individuals make their way to the resting places of their loved ones, often carrying flowers and small offerings. They clean the graves, recite prayers, and reflect on the impermanence of life.

Eid al-Fitr, often simply called Eid, is a day of immense joy, communal prayer, and festive gatherings. However, at its core, Eid is about community and family, an opportunity to strengthen the bonds of kinship and express love and appreciation for one another. 

By Kitipat Chuensukjit