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article imageNigerians besiege banks ahead of a Muslim festival Eid el fitr Special

By Samuel Okocha     Aug 30, 2011 in World
Lagos - Nigerians besieged banks, queuing up for last minute financial transactions ahead of Tuesday and Wednesday public holidays courtesy of Eid el fitr - a Muslim festival - which marks the end of a month-long fasting called Ramadan.
Entrances leading to banking halls in Lagos were unusually busy with people jostling to beat the closing time.
Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are not spared. People want cash well in time to stock up for holidays coming just 2 days after the last weekend.
Nigerians wait for turn at an ATM point
Nigerians wait for turn at an ATM point
“I will wait till Thursday,” a Salary earner told Digital Journal after rushing to the bank to confirm if he had been paid for the month. “By then it [salary] should have entered.’’ He had visited his bank on hearing some colleagues got salary alerts.
Streets were busy Monday, the last day of fitr [meaning breaking of fast] for Muslims.
Ladies in Muslim attires on the last day of Ramadan in Lagos
Ladies in Muslim attires on the last day of Ramadan in Lagos
“Today, after the sighting of the crescent [the new moon], what follows is preparation,” Isa Aliyu, a civil servant and a Muslim said Monday. “When the day breaks Muslims get ready for Eid prayers, usually observed at sunrise.”
After the prayers, Isa says the festival begins in earnest. “There will be eating, drinking, visitation and gift presentations”
During Ramadan, a Muslim abstains from eating, drinking and sex with their partners everyday from dusk to dawn. Isa says that period serves as time of cleansing from all sins.
Muslims getting ready for a prayer session durring Ramadan
Muslims getting ready for a prayer session durring Ramadan
“The sins one committed in the past year are forgiven and one would attain a higher state of righteousness,” he said.
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