Emir of Kano (Muhammad Sanusi II) leads Muslim faithfuls in special Eid prayers (Photos)
The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II led Muslim Faithfuls in the state to a special Eid prayer this morning, which was held at the Eid ground in Kofar Mata. Present at the prayer ground were the state governor, Umar Ganduje and top government functionaries.
Meanwhile the Federal Government who had previously declared Tuesday and Wednesday as public holiday, later reversed to Wednesday and Thursday been the 6th and 7th of July as public holiday to mark the Eid al-Fitri celebration. This became necessary following the non-sighting of the moon on Monday 5th of July.
The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), made the pronouncement on Tuesday in a statement signed by Bassey Akpanyung, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry.
The Honourable Minister finally wished Nigerians a peaceful celebration.
Eid al-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر ʻĪd al-Fiṭr, IPA: [ʕiːd al fitˤr], "festival of breaking of the fast"),is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). The religious Eid is a single day during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal. The date for the start of any lunar Hijri month varies based on the observation of new Shawwal by local religious authorities, so the exact day of celebration varies by locality. (Wikipedia)