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Monday, May 25, declared public holiday

The Government has declared Monday, May 25, a public holiday in commemoration of this year’s Eid ul-Fitr celebrations.

Contrary to the usual public prayers and merry making that characterise the occasion, Muslims across the country will this year mark the occasion with families in their respective homes in view of the COVID-19 preventive restrictions on social gathering.

A statement released by the Information Ministry yesterday indicated that a virtual prayer will be led by the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Nuhu Sharabutu on Sunday to mark the event.

“It is hereby announced for the information of the general public and all Muslims in Ghana in particular that, the Eid ul-Fitr celebration will take place in Ghana on Sunday, May 24, 2020.

“A virtual Eid ul-Fitr celebration prayer will be held by the eminent National Chief Imam supported by other Muslim leaders at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation on Sunday at 9:00am prompt.”

The statement indicated that the prayers would be graced by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Vice where they will address Muslims countrywide.

Accordingly, it advised Muslims to stay home on the occasion with their families and follow proceedings on national television.

“We wish to take the opportunity to wish Muslims in Ghana and beyond a happy Eid ul-Fitr 2020 even as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic,” it said.

Eid ul-Fitr is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to mark the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan.

BY ABIGAIL ANNOH

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