Eid al-Fitr is a national public holiday in Senegal where over 90 percent of the population is Muslim. As in other Muslim-majority , the first day after Ramadan ends is a time of feasting and celebration, and the festivities continue for two more days thereafter.
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The men typically head off to the mosque for prayer early in the morning in Senegal, while the women stay home to make “ngalakh”, a traditional millet dish with raisins, peanut butter, chocolate, coconut, and more mixed in.
Everyone will socialise and munch on ngalakh just after returning from the mosque. And then a lunch will follow, perhaps of vermicelli-onion soup flavoured with mutton. Still later, tea or juice may be served. This is indeed a day of feasting, even as Ramadan was a month of fasting!
Other Eid al-Fitr traditions in Senegal include donning your very best set of clothes and making the rounds to friends and neighbours to wish them a blessed Eid.