The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which began on May 27, will come to an end at sundown on Sunday, June 25. During this time, businesses and restaurants in Lebanon may be closed, especially in the south of the country, as Muslims gather to pray and celebrate with family and friends. 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 on Sunday evening and potentially into Monday. 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 is one of the most important dates on the Muslim calendar. In addition, the month of Ramadan has been marred by a significant increase in the terrorist threat in recent years.
Individuals in Lebanon are advised to allow for additional travel time, to remain vigilant, and to avoid large public gatherings.