Korité is celebrated by Muslims in Central African Republic 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.
Only around five percent of the population of the Central African Republic are Muslims, with over 80 percent being Christian. Nonetheless, Korité is an important holiday here for the Muslim population and is an official public holiday.
Korité is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. It is a happy time of year, the time when the long fast of Ramadan is finally ended. For devout Muslims, it is the day on which the successful completion of Ramadan, one of the Five Pillars of Islam, is celebrated.
Most Muslims exchange gifts and greetings, pray at the mosque, feast, and remember the poor with a gift of food or money. Some also go travel home, visit relatives and friends they’ve not seen for a while, or spend time reciting the Koran and prayers.