Selected photographs of Eid celebration across the world
London, June 4, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Muslims in Africa have joined their counterparts across the world to celebrate Eid-El-Fitri, the post-Ramadan prayers and celebration by Muslims-also known as Festival of the Breaking of the Fast, or the Feast of Fast-Breaking, Eid-El-Fitr marks the end of the month-long Ramadan fast.
Mali became the “first country to observe the Eid”: after the new moon was sighted in a locality. The government subsequently declared today a national holiday for the purpose.
As at sunset, the following African countries had announced June 4 as Eid Day – Nigeria, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sierra Leone, the Republic of Congo, Egypt and other African countries that have traditionally relied on Saudi’s announcement.
Nigerian Muslims also joined their counterparts across the world to celebrate Eid-El-Fitr.
The head of the Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar had earlier on Monday formally declared the end of the Ramadan fast in Nigeria.
Abubakar said the new moon marking the end of Ramadan was seen in states like Borno, Yobe, and Katsina. The new moon marks the end of the 29 days of Ramadan fast for Nigerian Muslims.
To allow Muslims to mark the day, the Federal Government had declared Tuesday and Wednesday as public holidays.
Despite the lack of public holiday in United Kingdom, Muslim faithfuls in Britain also took time out as early as 7am to observe Eid prayers