Muslims in the West African nation of Dahomey enthusiastically celebrated the end of the fast of Ramadan on Monday. (Nov 30).
GV Sourou Apithy and party arrive for ceremony.
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Background: Muslims in the West African nation of Dahomey enthusiastically celebrated the end of the fast of Ramadan on Monday. (Nov 30). The main ceremony - in the capital, Porto Novo - was attended by M. Sourou Migan Apithy, a member of the country's three man Presidential Council.
Early in the morning a large crowd of the faithful gathered in the public square in Porto Novo. They waited patiently until 10. a.m when the Imam, El Hadji Moctar Raimi, arrived to conduct prayers. He prayed for peace, political stability and the good health of the Presidential Council.
M. Apithy represented the Head of State, President Hubert Maga. He was accompanied by the Foreign Minister, M. Daouda Bodarou.
The end of Ramadan also marks the beginning of the festival of Idd-el-Fitr, which was greeted with great rejoicing by the people of Dahomey. Ramadan is the period during which devout Muslims neither eat nor drink between sunrise and sunset. Its object is to stress the supremacy of the soul over the body.