Ghana Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr Monday

Monday has been declared a national holiday by the Interior Ministry

Ghana Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr Monday

World Bulletin/News Desk

Ghanaian Muslims will celebrate Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, on Monday, the office of National Chief Imam Sheikh Usman Nuhu Sharubutu has announced.

"Tomorrow, we will converge on the Independence Square in Accra for the Eid prayers to be led by National Chief Imam Sheikh Sharubutu," Ahmed Nii Nortey Caeser, a public relations officer for the imam, told Anadolu Agency on Sunday.

He explained that since "the moon has not been sighted, today marks exactly 30 days since we began our fast and so we will break tomorrow."

Ghanaian Muslims began the holy fasting month on June 28th after the National Chief Imam had announced the sighting of the new moon.

Monday has been declared a national holiday by the Interior Ministry to allow Muslims to enjoy their religious festival.

Many Muslims will converge on the Independence Square to join the Eid prayer, which will be aired live on the state broadcaster.

Similar prayers will be offered in various parts of the country and will be led by Regional Chief Imams, District Chief Imams and Community Chief Imams.

Like every year, the president, who is not a Muslim, will attend the ceremony along with senior government officials.

"President John Dramani Mahama will attend Eid celebrations with our Muslim brothers and sisters in Kumasi," Ben Dotse Malor, the Director of Communication at the presidency, told AA.

"The Vice-President, Kwesi Amissah Arthur, will join worshippers at the Independence Square in Accra," he added.

"Barka da sallah," a Hausa phrase which translates into Arabic as Eid Mubarak, will be the refrain after Eid prayers.

Children will move from house to house with a chant of "Barka da Sallah" while elders offer them money and other gifts.

It is the custom in Ghana for parties and street carnivals to be held in various parts of the country on Eid night.

Musicians perform at various community centers for thousands of young Muslims.

Muslim homes will share food with their Christian neighbors, according to AA reporter.

Football galas are organized and played after Eid prayers.

In communities like Nima, the hub of Muslims in Accra, motorists display several skills to cheering spectators.

Muslims are estimated to make up nearly 40 percent of Ghana's population.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Temmuz 2014, 16:31

Muhammed Öylek

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