Eid-al-Fitr: Ethiopian Christians, Muslims clean stadium to show solidarity

Eid-al-Fitr: Ethiopian Christians, Muslims clean stadium to show solidarity

- The group of Christians and Muslims was led by Ethiopia's prime minister Abiy Ahmed

- The Muslim community is expected to mark end of the holy month of Ramadan on Wednesday, June 5, 2019

- In Kenya, the government declared Wednesday a public holiday to allow Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr which marks end of fasting period

Ethiopian Christians on Monday, June 3, 2019, joined their Muslim brothers and sisters in a clean up exercise to show solidarity and love ahead of the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Leading the group was Ethiopia's prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, who was also spotted sweeping the ground where the celebrations are expected to take place when the Muslim community across the world will mark Idd-ul-Fitr.

The Prime Minister's office shared via Twitter a series of photos during the clean up exercise as a way of demonstrating mutual love and peaceful co-existence between Muslims and Christians in the East African country.

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Eid-al-Fitr: Ethiopian Christians, Muslims join hands to clean stadium hosting Ramadan

Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed on Monday, June 3, led a group of Christians and Muslims in cleaning exercise ahead of the end of month of Ramadan celebrations. Photo: Office of the Prime Minister.

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"Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed together with Ethiopian Orthodox Sunday school students cleaned the area around stadium in preparation for Eid al-Fitr.

As Muslim brothers and sisters celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan, fellow Christians are showing their solidarity through cleaning," a tweet describing what was going on in the photos read.

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Back in Kenya, the government declared Wednesday, June 5, 2019, a public holiday to allow Muslim faithfuls to celebrate Idd-ul-Fitr and also enable other Kenyans to join them in marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Interior Cabinet secretary, Fred Matiangi, made the announcement on Monday, June 3, 2019, through a gazette notice, officially paving way for the sacred celebrations.

"With the declaration of a public holiday of general observance, Kenyans of all faiths will be able to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in celebrating that auspicious and holy day," the gazette notice from the Ministry of Interior read.

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Muslims all over the world will open the day with Eid prayers before embarking on celebrations to mark the end of the holy month.

According to the faithful, the month of Ramadan is considered the holiest period in the Islamic calendar.

The primary and the main motive of Ramadan is to allow a person for one-time spiritual and physical nourishment, self-reflection and also to have the discipline in oneself again.

During the period, fasting is very significant, and it is the fourth out of five pillars of Islam.

The other four include declaring there are no other gods apart from Allah; praying five times every day; charitable giving to the poor and needy; and pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslim must observe even if it is at least once in their lifetime.

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The Ramadan month ends with the Eid- al- Fitr, which means the end of the fasting period.

Muslims gather together with their friends, families and relatives and eat good food and offer thanks to each other along with donating food to the needy.

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