The Nigerian government has declared Friday June 15, and Monday June 18 as public holidays. The announcement was made by Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.) on behalf of the Federal Government, in a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr. M. Umar in Abuja on Monday.
He also congratulated the Muslim faithfuls on a successful completion of the Ramadan and enjoined all Nigerians to use the occasion of the celebration to pray for the peace, unity, prosperity and stability of the nation.
Dambazau stated that it was government’s desire that “all Nigerians be inspired by the virtues gained during the holy month of Ramadan to live a life of sacrifice, charity and love for one another.” He encouraged all Nigerians to join hands with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in taking the nation to greater heights. The minister wished all Nigerians a happy, peaceful and rewarding Id-el Fitr celebration and public holidays.
Eid al-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر ʻĪd al-Fiṭr, IPA: [ʕiːd al fitˤr]) is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). This religious Eid (Muslim religious festival) is the first and only day in the month of Shawwal 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 moon by local religious authorities, so the exact day of celebration varies by locality.
Eid al-Fitr has a particular salat (Islamic prayer) consisting of two rakats (units) and generally offered in an open field or large hall. It may be performed only in congregation (Jama’at) and has an additional extra six Takbirs (raising of the hands to the ears while saying “Allāhu Akbar” which means “God is the greatest”), three of them in the beginning of the first raka’ah and three of them just before ruku’in the second raka’ah in the Hanafi school of Sunni Islam.