#BREAKING Government Extends Eid-el Fitr Public Holiday To Include Thursday 7th July 2016
The Federal Government, through Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Dambazau in a statement on Tuesday signed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Bassey Okon Akpanyunghas added Thursday 7th July, 2016 as Public Holiday for the celebration of Eid-el fitr, having declared Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th July, 2016 as public holidays earlier.
Eid-al-Fitr is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. It marks the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting and prayer. Many Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a khutba (sermon) and give zakat al-fitr (charity in the form of food) during Eid al-Fitr.
It should be noted that due to none sighting of the moon, and following statement from Sultan of Sokoto, the Ramadan fast was extended to include Tuesday 5th July 2016 and the first day of Islamic month of Shawwal is now 6th July Wednesday.