The Federal Government has declared July 5 and 6, as public holiday to mark Eid-el Fitri Celebrations. The Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.), made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, on Thursday in Abuja.
He urged all Muslim faithful and Nigerians in general to extend the spiritual benefits of Ramadan, which, according to him, are love, peace and justice, to their daily living and through this contribute to the development of the nation.
A statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Bassey Akpanyung, Dambazau also urged Nigerians to use the opportunity of “this spiritual rejuvenation to reflect on the imperative of unity and peaceful co-existence in strengthening the bond of togetherness for a strong, virile nation.”
Eid-el Fitri marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan with great significance for Muslims. Eid-el Fitri is celebrated in various ways in different countries but there are some common rituals across the entire Muslim community around the world.
It is one of the most important festivals for Muslims with its own traditions and customs. It is also known as ‘Choti id’ but is celebrated with much enthusiasm and passion whatever the name, in different Muslims nations.
During the festival, Many Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a khutba (sermon) and give zakat al-fitr (charity in the form of food) during the celebration.
It is not possible to predict the date of Eid-el Fitri according to the Gregorian calendar accurately. This is because the month of Shawwal begins, and hence the month of Ramadan ends, after a confirmed sighting of the new moon, either in Saudi Arabia or locally.
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The new moon may be sighted earlier or later in specific locations. Hence, many Muslims in different communities, for example on the east and west coasts of the USA and Canada, may begin the Eid-el Fitri celebrations on different dates.