• Short Summary

    Ramadan 1971, the ninth month of the Muslim year in which 29 days of daylight fasting are observed throughout the Muslim world,
    has ended with international celebrations to make the return to normal living.

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    Ramadan 1971, the ninth month of the Muslim year in which 29 days of daylight fasting are observed throughout the Muslim world,
    has ended with international celebrations to make the return to normal living. Among these celebrations on Saturday (November 20) were religious festivals in Porto Novo, the capital of Dahomey, and Niamey, capital of Niger. VISNEWS cameramen covered both events. Government and religious leaders were present at the festivities.

    SYNOPSIS: Porto Novo, capital of Dahomey -- and Presidential Councillor Sourou Apithy arrived last Saturday for a religious festival to mark the end of Ramadan, an international Muslim tradition in Which a month of daylight fasting is observed. Other Government leaders like Monsieur Ibrahim Souradjou, head of the planning ministry, were also there. The festival was conducted by the city's Imam, or Muslim high priest, and marked a return to normal living after a month of self-denial in which eating, drinking and bodily pleasures were prohibited during daylight hours. The end-of-Ramadan festival was held in the open near the Palace, and among guests were representatives of Muslim communities in Dahomey. Similar festivities were also taking place among Muslim communities throughout the world.

    In Niger, Dahomey's northern neighbour, the main end-of-Ramadan festival took place in the Presidential Palace. It was hosted by President Hamani Diori, and conducted by the Imam of Niamey, capital of Niger.

    With President Diori were his family and Government, civil, religious and military leaders. Representatives of Muslim countries and Muslim communities in Niger were also there.

    Ramadan is the ninth and most holy month in the Muslim calendar, and is observed as the month in which the Koran was sent down to the Muslim people for their guidance. Selected readings from the Koran are an important part of end-of-Ramadan festivals.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEPYOIOE7BZ5D1EG0EL6311NRF
    Media URN:
    VLVAEPYOIOE7BZ5D1EG0EL6311NRF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/11/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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