Muslims across the country mark Eid ul-Fitr
Lisette and Merijn join the celebrations
The appearance of the moon in the sky may be a normal phenomenon for some but for Muslims across the world, it’s the end of the fasting period. Muslims across Ghana on Friday joined their brethren across the world to mark the end of the Holy month of Ramadan.
The day is so special because the much anticipated ‘Eid Mubarak’ has been prepared for by 30 days of dry fasting.
According to Islamic belief, Ramadan is the ninth month on the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad.“This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam,” according to Wikipedia. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, so the actual day of the Eid may vary according to the different geographical plains.
In Ghana, the moon was sighted Wednesday evening so the fast was broken on Thursday. The statutory holiday, however was 15 Friday, June.
Henceforth Merjin and Lisette, our volunteers in Tinkong, were also interested in celebrating with the minority of Muslims in Tinkong. So they got themselves some special clothes a day before the festival, Merijn dressed in his locally sewed dress called kente and Lisette's jallabia,. So on that very day we all had to dress and prepare for prayers with the volunteers. So we all walked to the road side with them and waited for the immam and the elders as well as some few muslims from the nearby villages to join us and we all walked together for the prayers and we came back home with them to eat and dine with the family and friends around.