Muslims in Ghana today will join their religious counterparts across the world to mark Eid al-Fitr festival.
Ramadan which ended yesterday, July 5, 2016, literally translated from Arabic as the ‘festival of breaking the fast’, and it is a religious holiday which usually lasts for a number of days.
The celebrations involve a wide range of traditions, including gathering of family and friends to eat and pray together.
The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.
Eid al-Fitr is one of the most important days in the Muslim calendar, although its significance is purely spiritual.
The festival has no connection with any historical event but is a day where Muslims thank Allah for the strength, the will and the endurance he gives them, especially during Ramadan.
Regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam, Ramadan is the period when Muslims fast every day from sunrise to sunset.
They refrain from food, drink and in sexual relations. It also includes the increased offering of prayers and recitation of the Quran.
On the first morning of the celebration, many gather in local mosques or open-air locations for special prayers called Salat al-Eid, and have breakfast.
Muslims put on their finest clothes for what will be their first daylight meal in a month. Some will exchange gifts, greeting cards and prepare special foods.
Eid al-Fitr is to celebrate “the happiness which man feels after successfully completing an important task,” according to Al-Islam.
Gatherings will take place to mark the festival worldwide.
GhanaPoliticsOnline.Com wishes Muslims Baraka da Salah.