Korité is celebrated in Burkina Faso with much religious fervour and general merriment. This celebration is also known as Eid al-Fitr here and in many other parts of the world.
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The national holiday comes on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, immediately following the holy month of Ramadan and month-long period of fasting, prayer and devotion. It is one of the most important of all Muslim commemorations.
The dominant Mossi tribe and most other groups within Burkina Faso follow Sunni Islam, and all Muslims celebrate Korité at the end of Ramadan each year.
Korité is the celebration of the completion of the month-long fasting time of Ramadan. During Ramadan, you are not supposed to eat except after sunset and before sunrise. There is also much emphasis on prayer, mosque attendance, and reading or even memorising Koranic passages during Ramadan.
Korité breaks the fast. It is a happy, festive time of year, and everyone is supposed to rejoice, do good to the poor, and catch up with old friends and relatives. As Ramadan is a time of fasting, Korité is a time of feasting.
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