Government Grants Two Days For Ed-ul-Fitr

The South Sudan government has announced two days as national public holidays for the celebrations of the Muslims Eid ul-Fitr.

Government Grants Two Days For Ed-ul-Fitr
Muslims at a Ramadan dinner organised by Western Bahr el Ghazal State Governor Rizik Zakaria Hassanlast week [Gurtong | File]

By Waakhe Simon Wudu

JUBA, 18 August 2012 [Gurtong] - According to the Ministry of Labor and Public Service, Christians are designated to have a one day public holiday and Muslims two days.

“The Ministry of Labor, Public Service, and Human Resource Development is hereby informing all the civil service institutions, Commissions, Diplomatic Missions, UN agencies, NGOs and the public at large that, 19 – 22 August will be a public holiday for marking Eid ul-Fitr,” said the release.

Christians are given one day and are to resume duty on 21 August 2012 while Muslims are to report on 23 August 2012.

Eid ul-Fitr is a Muslim holiday that is celebrated at the end of the holy month of Ramadan in which people of the Islamic faith fast from dawn till sunset.

The holiday is only celebrated once the moon is spotted.

On Wednesday, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir hosted the Muslim community for his annual Presidential Ramadan breakfast in Juba. He cautioned the Muslim community to desist from mixing religion and politics.

The President called on Muslims to be pure faithful servants of Allah.

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