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. From the evening of June 14 to the evening of June 15, operations in Sierra Leone 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 Sunday, June 17. 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 Sierra Leone are advised to allow for additional travel time, remain vigilant, and avoid large public gatherings.
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