Eid al-Fitr is celebrated in Sierra Leone with much religious fervour and general merriment. As 78 percent of the people of Sierra Leone identify as Muslims, this holiday is very widely celebrated. It is certainly one of the most important of all Muslim commemorations.
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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.
To properly understand the significance of Eid al-Fitr to Muslims, you have to first understand what they go through during Ramadan. Devout Muslims will fast from both food and drink from sunrise to sunset for 29 or 30 days straight. They will stay up late to eat a little, pray, and recite Koranic verses each night. This time is called “Tahajud”.
The idea of Eid al-Fitr is twofold. First, there is the desire and challenge to keep up the discipline and devotion learned during Ramadan all year long. Second, there is the release from Ramadan’s strictures and the chance to again enjoy the full bounty of life.