Boise's Islamic Community organized 'Honk for Heroes' parade to honor healthcare workers

Posted at 2:35 PM, May 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 12:23:54-04

BOISE — Today is a significant day for Boise's Islamic Community.

The Festival of Breaking the Fast, known as Eid Al-Fitr, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to mark the end of their month-long, dawn to sunset fasting of Ramadan.

"For a whole month we have been fasting, so this is a very important day for us," said Boise's Islamic Community member, Naffie Bah.

Usually, the day would start with a massive celebration filled with food for their friends and family. But, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the local Islamic community decided to instead celebrate with a parade of thanks to the healthcare workers at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

"To the nurses and front line workers, they are doing so much to keep us safe," said Bah. "We want to show appreciation to them, and if we can't do our normal celebration, we will at least get a few of our people and come to the hospital to show our gratitude and thanks to them."

They held signs, honked and waved as they drove by, as well as dropped off gift baskets to the healthcare workers.