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14 Jun 2018 | 01:01 PM UTC

Benin: Eid al-Fitr (end of Ramadan) June 14-16

Benin News Alert

Muslims in Benin to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, between June 14-16

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/13/2018, 12:00 AM until 6/17/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Porto-Novo). COUNTRY/REGION Benin


The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which began ​around May 15-16 depending on the country, will come to an end at sundown on the evening of June 14 or June 15, depending on the moon. During this time, normal operations and opening hours may be affected in Muslim-majority areas as Muslims gather to pray and celebrate with family and friends in observation of Eid al-Fitr. In these areas, celebrations may have a noticeable impact on many businesses, stock exchanges, and public services, which may be unavailable or operating on a reduced schedule. Festivities (and disruptions) could continue into Saturday, June 16. As this period is typically marked by increased travel, heavy road traffic after sundown along with other transportation disruptions (crowded airports, etc.) is to be anticipated.


Eid al-Fitr celebrates the conclusion of a month of dawn-to-sunset fasting and remains one of the most important dates on the Muslim calendar. 


Individuals in Benin are advised to allow for additional travel time, remain vigilant, and avoid large public gatherings.


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