In Dahomey, Moslems were united in prayer with Moslems around the world on Wednesday (8 November), when they marked the end of Ramadan -- the month when Moslems fast during daylight.
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Background: In Dahomey, Moslems were united in prayer with Moslems around the world on Wednesday (8 November), when they marked the end of Ramadan -- the month when Moslems fast during daylight.
The Dahomey Moslems added to their prayers special wishes for peace and prosperity in their country, where a new Government took over in a coup on October 26. At the ceremony in the capital, Cotonou, the Government was represented by Commandant Pierre Koffi, Minister of Information and Tourism; Captain Andre Achade, Minister of Public Works, and Captain Mama Djougou, Minister of Rural Development and Co-operation.
SYNOPSIS: The people of Dahomey joined Moslems all over the world in prayers to mark the end of Ramadan.
Several Government Ministers were among the worshippers in the capital, Cotonou. They ware Commandant Pierre Koffi, the Minister of Information and Tourism, and Captains Andre Achade and Mama Djougou, who are responsible for Public Works and Rural Development, respectively.
The ceremony, one of the major festivals in the Moslem calendar, marks the end of a month of prayer and fasting. During Ramadan Moslems may not eat during daylight.
There are about thirty-five thousand Moslems in Dahomey -- about thirteen per cent of the population. Out of the rest of the population, fifteen per cent are Christians - mostly Catholics -- and sixty-five per cent hold animist beliefs.
The prayers to mark the end of Ramadan included special intercessions for peace and prosperity in Dahomey. A new government took over in a bloodless coup on October twenty-sixth.