Id el Fitri, also known as Eid al Fitr, is a holiday kept by Muslims throughout the world, including in Nigeria.
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It is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, which follows the daytime fasting and intense prayer many Muslims engage in during the month of Ramadan. The exact date of Id el Fitri depends upon moon sightings, and the date moves on the Gregorian Calendar each year due to the non-alignment of lunar and solar calendar systems.
In Nigeria, Id el Fitri is celebrated for three days in a row. Muslims join together for prayer and sermons at mosques or other locations, many of them traveling far to attend. There are also many local community festivals that take place, including meals and children’s programs. Cards with the greeting “Id Mubba Rak!” (Blessed Id!) are sent to family and friends, festive family meals are enjoyed, new clothes are worn, relatives are visited, and candy or other gifts are given out to children. Finally, charitable food donations, called “zakat al fitr,” are given to the poor. This may be in the form of flour, barley, dates, or raisins, and some just give money in place of food.
The Nigerian government has made Id el Fitr and two other Muslim holidays nationally recognised, along with Christian and patriotic holidays, in an attempt to promote peace and national unity. Muslims are urged on Id el Fitr to pray for a peaceful, united Nigeria.
Id el Fitri celebrations vary from locality to locality in Nigeria due to the ethnic diversity of its people. You may want to visit more than one location, therefore, to see if you notice any differences.
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