Saturday, 24 June 2017

Quick facts about Eid al Fitri.

If there's one thing, I am yet to find a Nigerian fault the federal government, is the numerous holidays we enjoy. On the 26th and 27th has been declared as a national holiday by the Federal Government.
Somehow, I wish that the President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, don't see the moon early or within the stipulated holiday so we can have another missing moon saga, that ultimately means extended holiday. (Lolz)

Eid al-Fitr, is a muslim festival that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. It means "festival of breaking the fast". Traditionally, it is celebrated for three days and is an official holiday, especially in Islamic nations. It begins with the first sighting of the new moon. The first day varies every year and from country to country depending on geographical location.

Just like with Christianity where people greet Merry Christmas, during this period the most popular greeting is Eid Mubarak (Blessed Eid) or Eid Said (Happy Eid). The heterogeneous nature of the religious system in Nigeria made it possible for everyone to enjoy every religious festival or holiday irrespective of your religious believes and Eid al Fitr is not any different.
Eid al fitr, traditionally start with gathering at the mosque for prayers, especially major mosques and after the prayer many end the fast like Prophet Mohammed did some 1,400 years ago by first taking a sip of water and eating dates before taking other foods, some take this time to visit relatives and sometimes graveyards of loved ones.

This also the time where many people wear traditional clothes or their very best, give gifts to children, and make donations to charity.

If you are resident in Warri, this is a fine time to spend quality time with your family, Visit the mall, visit charity homes, hang out with friends and rest.

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