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Muslims in Mali on Monday celebrated the post Ramadan fete of Eid-ul-Fitr, becoming the first in Africa to end the fasting.
Prayers were said across the West African nation after authorities officially declared Monday (June 3) as a national holiday for the observance of the Eid festivities.
The local media portal, Malijet posted the official government communication issued by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture.
The communiqué explained that the decision to end Ramadan yesterday was premised on the sighting of the moon in parts of the country.
The case of Mali is not too surprising given that according to a report by UAE-based portal Khaleej Times, Mali was the only predominant Muslim country to start the fasting on May 5, a day before majority of Muslims across the world started.