Korité is celebrated in Mali 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.
Korité begins in Mali when the moon-sighting committee declares they have seen the Shawwal crescent. This moment ends the fasting of the month of Ramadan and begins the feasting of the month of Shawwal.
Muslims in Mali fast and pray from dawn to dusk for 29 or 30 days in Ramadan but cease all fasting on Korité. Early in the morning, the men head to the local mosque for prayer and a sermon, while the women normally stay home and prepare for the family feast.
Once all are back at home, friends and neighbours are invited over for dinner. Gifts of food are given to the needy. Children often receive presents on this day, and people call relatives to wish them a blessed Korité. Many will listen to the presidential Eid message on radio or watch it on TV as well.