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06 mai 2019 | 09h44 UTC

Africa: Muslims to observe Ramadan beginning May 5

Burkina Faso Alerte de sécurité

Muslims in Africa, particularly North, West and East Africa will observe Ramadan beginning May 5 and lasting until early June; reduced business operations and transportation disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/5/2019, 12h00 until 5/6/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Bamako). COUNTRY/REGION Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Guinea, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania


Muslims are set to observe Ramadan, a month of fasting and religious dedication, beginning Sunday evening (local time), May 5. Ramadan will last until early June, likely between Monday, June 3, and Wednesday, June 5, and will culminate in a festival period, typically called Eid al-Fitr. Many businesses, schools, government offices, and restaurants may be closed or have limited operating hours during the day over the course of Ramadan. Diplomatic missions may also have adjusted schedules.

Transportation disruptions are also expected during this period, particularly traffic congestion around sunset as observers gather nightly to break their fast. Increased security measures may be in effect due to a heightened risk of terrorism, depending on the locality.


Ramadan is a month of reflection and self-restraint for Muslims and carries great significance in the Muslim calendar. Muslims traditionally fast during daylight hours and are called to practice increased devotion and prayer. The month concludes with Eid al-Fitr, also known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Hari Raya Puasa, Choti Eid, and Romjaner Eid, typically marked by communal prayers and large feasts.


Individuals in North, West and East Africa are advised to avoid eating, drinking, and smoking in public during the day and anticipate disruptions to business and government schedules, particularly in Muslim-majority countries. Travelers during this period are advised to allow additional time to reach their destination and avoid any forms of public gatherings or demonstrations as a precaution.


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