Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr 2022. The religious holiday is celebrated by Muslims worldwide because it marks the end of the fasting of Ramadan. In Sudan, 97% of the population is Muslim.
KHARTOUM May 2: Eid al-Fitr is the earlier of the two official holidays celebrated within Islam. The other being Eid al-Adha. The religious holiday is celebrated by Muslims worldwide because it marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan.
The holiday is known under various other names in different languages and countries around the world. The day is also called Lesser Eid, or simply Eid.
In Sudan, where 97% of the population is Muslim, preparations for Eid begin the last few days of Ramadan. For days, ka’ak (sugar powdered cookies), bettifour (dry baked goods including dainty biscuits, baked meringues and macaroons—whose name are derived from the French petit four), and popcorn are baked in large batches to serve to guests and to give to family and friends.
Dressy Eid clothes are either shopped for or sewn. Girls and women decorate their hands and feet with henna. The night before Eid, the whole household partakes in cleaning the house and yard and setting out the finest bedsheets, table cloths, and decorations.
On the day of Eid, men and boys (and occasionally women and girls) will attend the Eid prayer. For the next 3 days, families will then visit each other, extended family, neighbors, and close friends. In these short visits, the baked goods, chocolates, and sweets are served, and often large lunches are prepared for the visiting well-wishers. Children are given gifts, either in the form of toys or money.
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