Tuesday, June 4, 2019, ended the holy month of Ramadan in Liberia, and Muslims all around the country took to the mosques and streets to celebrate. Liberia is home to over 15% of its total population who practice the Islamic faith, with the others mostly of the Christian faith. Among the Muslim population, most of them are of the Mandingo, Vai, and Lorma ethnic groups.
In Liberia, it is common practice for both Christians and Muslims to inter-mingle. Likewise, it is not uncommon to see Muslims dating Christians, especially among the younger populations. As such, when the month of Ramadan comes along, the nation is quite respectful of all those who partake in the holy month. In fact, they are lauded for their sacrifice of fasting, as it is seen to be a month of prayers that benefits the entire nation.
This year’s Ramadan was even more special, as the current political state of the nation is one that religious people will deem as needing serious prayers. As a result, when the holy month came to a close Tuesday, Muslims gathered all around the country to celebrate, with great applause from the rest of the population.
This week in Liberia has brought on a lot of political tension in lieu of the pending June 7th protest against the economic hardships in the country. However, the holy day of Eid al-Fitr, also known as the festival of breaking the fast, eased a lot of that tension with great jubilations scattered across the country. Children took to the streets in their best custom outfits, and so did their parents.
Walking down the muslim-populated Newport street in Central Monrovia, the excitement could not be missed from both Muslims and Christians alike. Children were seen counting monies given to them by strangers who thanked them and their parents for their sacrifice of fasting. A beautifully blessed day, it was, and we all pray that their prayers for themselves and the nation will be received with great discernment. Continue below for a gallery of photos showcasing the festival of the breaking of fast among Liberians, aka, Eid al-Fitr.