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Arlene Foster receives henna hand tattoo at Muslim event to celebrate end of Ramadan

DUP leader Arlene Foster marked the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan today during a visit organised by the Belfast Islamic Centre.

The former First Minister was joined at the Boucher Road event by DUP MP Emma Little-Pengelly.

Eid al-Fitr is the celebration that marks the end of Ramadan, the month during which Muslims fast during daylight hours and refrain from sexual activity, among other things.

Mrs Foster said she was "delighted" to recieve a "lovely henna tattoo" as part of the event.

One of the way Muslim women celebrate Eid is with temporary henna tattoos which feature elaborate floral and geometric designs dyed onto the skin with a paste made from the leaves of the henna plant.

They do this to follow. the example of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, who stained his own hair with the pigment.

Speaking after the event Mrs Foster said she received a warm welcome.

"I love Northern Ireland and I want everyone who call this place 'home' to feel at home here," the DUP leader said.

"We should be inclusive and welcome all. Thanks for the welcome."

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