Earlier this week (5 October to 7 October) millions of Muslims throughout the world celebrated the Festival of Fast Breaking or Id-el-Fitr.
Earlier this week (5 October to 7 October) millions of Muslims throughout the world celebrated the Festival of Fast Breaking or Id-el-Fitr. Id-el-Fitr marks the end of the month-long Fast of Ramadan held in the ninth month of the Islamic year. During the first three days after the Ramadan ends Id-il-Fitr is observed.
The Ramadan is a month of abstinence for devout Muslims and is used to develop spirituality, stressing the supremacy of soul over body.
For the first time in Ethiopian history Id-el-Fitr was observed as a public holiday and more than 200,000 followers attended celebrations at the mosque in Addis Ababa on Sunday (5 October). Government officials and prominent members of diplomatic corps in the city attended the services and listened to an address by the Imam of the Grand Mosque, Al Anwar Haj Mohamed Sani.
On Tuesday (7 October) in Morocco, King Hassan and his household led the devout in services at the Mosque in Rabat. There was also a colourful procession in which the King, mounted on horseback, and his cavalry took part.