King Hassan II of Morocco drove from his palace in Rabat on Monday (30 November) to attend a religious service to mark the end of the Muslim fast of Ramadan.
King Hassan II of Morocco drove from his palace in Rabat on Monday (30 November) to attend a religious service to mark the end of the Muslim fast of Ramadan. He was accompanied by the heir to the throne, the young Prince Sidi Mohammed, and Prince Moulay Hicham and Prince Moulay Abdallah.
The prayers that marked the end of the fast also signalled the start of the Festival of Idd-el-Fitr, which will be celebrated with feasting, festivities and the giving of alms.
Ramadhan is the period during which devout Muslims may neither eat nor drink between sunrise and sunset. Its object, like the Christian festival of Lent, is to develop spirituality and stress the supremacy of soul over body.
A decree banning the sale of alcohol to Muslims is in force in Morocco but in Rabat the opposition newspaper "L'Opinion" claimed that the end of Ramadan would be marked with Bacchanalian orgies by people deprived by 30 days of fasting and abstinence.
Monday's ceremony is Rabat was conducted with State pomp and witnessed by Muslim members of the Diplomatic Corps.