The government of Ghana through its sector ministry, ministry of interior has declared Friday 15th June, 2018 as statutory public holiday to be observed throughout the country.
A statement signed by the Interior Minister, Hon. Ambrose Dery states that the period is the day in the month which Muslims are going to celebrate Eidul- Fitr to mark the end of the long period of fasting they observed.
“The general public is hereby informed that, 15th June, 2018 which marks the celebration of Eidul-Fitr is a statutory public holiday and should be observed as such throughout the country”, Hon. Minister of Interior, Ambrose Dery indicated.
Muslims across the world commemorate Eidul-Fitr to mark the end of Ramadan. The holiday is marked by many cultural groups across the world. Eidul-Fitr celebration marks the end of a month long fasting to achieve higher spiritual state.
The period is very important to Muslims because they believe that the Holy Qur’an, their religious book of reference was revealed to their Prophet Mohammed during the month of Ramadan.
During this period of fasting the observants abstain from some practices just to sanctify themselves. They restrain from food and water until 6:00pm in the evening when they break the fasting. They also abstain from cheating, sex, theft, violence as well as lying when fasting.
On the morning of Eidul-Fitr, families, cultural groups, and religious groups offer special prayer of thanksgiving to the Almighty Allah for seeing them through the period of fasting and then begin the celebration with food and merry making.