Trump just ended the long tradition of Celebrating Ramadan at the White House which started in 1805.
In the early days of December 1805, a handful of prominent politicians received formal invitations to join President Thomas Jefferson ( President of the USA in 1805) for a White House dinner. The occasion witnessed the presence of Tunisian envoy to the United States, Sidi Soliman Mellimelli, who had arrived in the country just a week before. Initially, the dinner was scheduled to hold just after the commencement of the meeting but it was rescheduled later. And the reason for dinner’s later than usual start was Mellimelli’s observance of Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims in which observers fast between dawn and dusk. Only after the sunset, the Muslims break their fast with a meal referred to as an Iftar.
Jefferson’s decision to change the time of the meal to accommodate Mellimelli’s observance of Ramadan has marked the beginning of Iftar party in the White House on 9th December 1805.
Ramadan, which falls on the ninth month of Islamic Lunar Calendar, started on May 27 this year and ends at sundown Saturday (and on Sunday in India). Muslims around the world will mark the end of the Holy Month by celebrating Eid-al-Fitr, the feast of breaking the fast.
For the first time in nearly two decades, Ramadan has come and gone without the White House recognizing it with and Eid Celebration. This Iftar party took place even in Bush, Clinton and Obama’s Administration.
Barrack Obama, the former President of USA once asserted that “Muslim Americans have been part of our American family since its founding”. He also used to celebrate the Iftar party with great enthusiasms.
The White House on Saturday released an official statement quoting that
“Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity. Now as they commemorate Eid with family and friends, they carry on the tradition of helping neighbours and breaking bread with people from walks of life. During this holiday we reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion and goodwill. With all Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honour these values. Eid Mubarak”
Also in the late May, the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the state department would break with recent tradition and will not host a Ramadan Reception as it has done annually for nearly two decades. On Saturday morning, Tillerson also released himself a brief statement sending best wishes to all Muslims celebrating Eid-al-Fitr.
Tillerson and Trump’s brief remarks indicated quite earlier that the White House will not host the Iftar party this year and thus it happened and the Historic Iftar party was not celebrated in the White House this year. It is expected that Trump’s administration marked an ending to this celebration that was once started by the American President Thomas Jefferson.