His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia has congratulated Ramadan Bayram to all believers of the Islamic faith in Serbia and the Republic of Srpska. Eid al-Fitr, also known as Ramadan Bayram, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan. The date for the start of any lunar Hijri month varies based on when the new moon is sighted by local religious authorities, so the day of celebration varies by locality. The holiday is known under various other names in different languages and countries around the world.
His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Serbia said in a statement: “On the occasion of the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, I extend my most sincere congratulations to all citizens of the Islamic community. I wish you to joyfully celebrate this great holiday with your family, remembering with gratitude the daily blessings that life brings. Celebrating the end of the holy month of Ramadan, the month of charity, I congratulate you on Eid al-Fitr and ask you to receive my most sincere wishes that the days to come be filled with peace and contentment, understanding, mutual respect and tolerance”.
Islam arrived in Serbia during the five centuries of Ottoman rule. The Muslims in Serbia are mostly ethnic Bosniaks, Albanians and a minor but significant proportion of Roma people, as well as members of the smaller ethnic groups by nationality and Gorani. According to the 2011 census, there were 228,658 Muslims in Serbia, this accounts for 3.1% of the nation’s total population.
Alexander, Crown Prince of Serbia, is the heir to the defunct throne of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and currently claimant to the abolished throne of the precursor Kingdom of Serbia. He is the head of the House of Karađorđević. Alexander is the only child of former King Peter II and his wife, Alexandra of Greece and Denmark. Alexander is known for his support of monarchism and his humanitarian work for the people of Serbia.