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Nigeria: Eid al-Fitr (end of Ramadan) June 24-25

Muslims in Nigeria to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, around June 24-25

TIMEFRAME expected from 22/6/2017, 12h00 until 27/6/2017, 11h59 (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Nigeria

Event

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which began on May 27, is likely to come to an end at sundown on Saturday, June 24, or Sunday, June 25 (depending on the moon), which will be marked by three days of Eid al-Fitr celebrations beginning on June 25 or June 26 (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 to mark the end of Ramadan. While practices vary by area, Eid al-Fitr celebrations are likely to have an impact on many businesses, stock exchanges, and services (including administrative services) that will close or significantly reduce their hours of operation. 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.

Context

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. Generally speaking, the month of Ramadan is historically marred by a significant increase in terrorist threats, and as such there is an increased threat of attacks during Eid celebrations. In recent years, a number of attacks have been carried out during this period, and the risk is particularly high in the Maiduguri area (Borno state, northeast). 

Advice

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

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