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, operations in Mauritania will come to a virtual standstill as Muslims gather to pray and celebrate with family and friends. Eid al-Fitr celebrations are likely to have a major 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 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting and remains one of the most important dates on the Muslim calendar.
Individuals in Mauritania are advised to allow for additional travel time, remain vigilant, and avoid large public gatherings.
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