Nov 12, 2009, 11:32 AM
The Gambia will join the rest of the Muslim Ummah in observing the feast of Eid-ul-Fitr commonly known as Koriteh.
This day marks the end of this year’s holy month of Ramadan, a month of fasting and religious piety.
Festivities on this auspicious occasion are many and do vary.
They include congregational prayers, family get-together, visiting family members and loved ones. People use the occasion to supplicate Allah’s forgiveness and pray for each other as well as the dead.
This is a day of sharing also with the needy.
On this day, most people, both young and old, prefer putting on new clothes.
One thing that is clear is that it is not mandatory for everyone to wear new clothes on the day, though it is recommended for one to put on clean clothes, not necessarily new.
It is important for people to spend in order to make their family and loved ones happy.
However, they should also know that they have other responsibilities to take care of after the Koriteh.
So they should not allow themselves to spend money lavishly.
We should know that schools will reopen by next month, and it is the duty of parents to shoulder the school fees of their children, coupled with other family responsibilities.
So let us spend wisely in order to meet the demands of our children, and also be able to take care of other social needs.
We would like to wish our readers and advertisers good health and a happy EID-ul-Fitr Mubarak.