Korité is celebrated in Guinea 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.
A simple family dinner, the wearing of brand new clothes, and taking some time off work or school mark Koriteh in much of Guinea. Attending communal prayer sessions and listening to a khutba, or sermon, at a mosque or over the radio are also common ways to celebrate.
It is an Islamic law that Muslims are supposed to give a special charitable donation called a Zakat Al-Fitr on the first day of Shawwal. The charity is traditionally in the form of food and is meant to ensure no one goes hungry on a day when everyone is to be feasting and celebrating.