Published: Wed, June 13, 2018

Friday declared holiday to mark Eidul-Fitr

Friday declared holiday to mark Eidul-Fitr

A statement signed by Mr Ambrose Dery, the Minister for Interior, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the day marks the Eid-ul-Fitr festival celebrated by the Islamic Community after fasting for twenty-nine (29) or thirty (30) days in the month of Ramadan.

Muslims, who will be breaking fast at Iftar in the evening throughout the period, may well have big plans for festivities and family gatherings on Eid 2018.

Earlier in the week, it was announced that public sector workers in the UAE would get at least Thursday, June 14 off for the Eid Al Fitr long weekend.

But the date of Ramadan changes year by year because its timing is based on the lunar calendar, which is 11 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar we base our year on.

Countries like India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh started observing fast from May 16 this year.

Eid is expected to fall on Friday, but the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources announced on Monday that all governments and ministries would close from Thursday and will last until Shawwal 3.

During this time Muslims will feast on an animal divided into three parts.

During Ramadan, which ends at sunset on the final Thursday, Muslims do not eat, drink, have sex or smoke while the sun is up.

Following the sighting of the moon, people seen greeting each other and began celebrating Eid. Read on to know more about them.

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