Assalam u Alaikum (Peace be unto you)
Saturday, August 10 2013
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HOLY BOOK: A copy of the Holy Qur'an which was presented to President Carmona yesterday....
THOUSANDS of Muslims across the country, joined hundreds of millions of brothers and sisters in the faith, in celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr yesterday.
At mosques and in open-air ceremonies, members of the Muslim faith prayed yesterday before joining with their families and friends in a meal.
The country enjoyed a public holiday yesterday in observance of the main Muslim religious festival with most businessplaces and all Government offices and institutions being closed.
Eid is a most important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide and marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
The holiday that is celebrated follows 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.
This is a day when Muslims around the world show a common goal of unity.
The date for Eid varies based on the observation of the new moon by local religious authorities, so the exact day of celebration varies by locality.
During Eid-ul-Fitr, a particular Salaat (Islamic prayer) consisting of two Rakats (units) is generally offered in an open field or large hall.
Newsday’s photographers Anil Rampersad and Roger Jacob covered prayers in La Romaine and at Macoya respectively and brought back these images.