Moslems in the Benin Republic marked the end of the holy month of Ramadam at the festival of Id El-Fitr in the capital Porto Novo, last month.
SVs: Moslems arriving at prayer-ground in Porto Novo, Benin for end of Ramadan ceremony, passing beggars outside. (3 shots)
GVs and SVs and CU: Moslems gathered seated in front of Imam addressing congregation. (6 shots)
LVs and CU: congregation bowing towards Mecca and counting prayer-beads. (3 shots)
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Background: Moslems in the Benin Republic marked the end of the holy month of Ramadam at the festival of Id El-Fitr in the capital Porto Novo, last month.
SYNOPSIS: Although only 13 per cent of Benin's population of three million are Moslems, they are devout - and strictly observe the traditional feasts of their religion. According to the Islamic calendar, Ramadan falls on the ninth month. It is a month of fasting, and all Moslems are forbidden to take food and drink from sunrise to sunset during that time. But at the end of Ramadan comes Id El-Fitr, celebrated with much rejoicing and presided over by the leader of the Moslem community, the Imam.
The Id El-Fitr can start on different days in different parts of the Moslem world. Strictly speaking, it is the first sighting of the moon at the end of Ramadan. And when it does end, it marks another chapter in the Islamic calendar and the faithful send thanksgiving prayers towards their spiritual home - Mecca.