Eid and Ramadan in Ghana


Hello, travelers!

I am so excited to be writing to you again. As always, I hope you all are well.

Friday was an exciting day in Tamale. It was the last day of Ramadan, which is an important Muslim tradition. Do you celebrate Ramadan?

Let's learn more about it!

First, some definitions:

  • A Muslim is someone who follows the religion of Islam.
  • Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims.
  • In Ghana, Muslims fast during Ramadan. That means they do not eat or drink water from sunrise to sunset every day for one month. 


Friday, April 21st, marked the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid this year. Eid means "festival of the breaking of the fast." Let's look at how people in Ghana celebrate these important holidays!

What tradition did I learn about?:

Tamale is about 60% Muslim. That means many people in Northern Ghana are followers of Islam. I asked many of my friends what they do during Ramadan. They kindly gave me many answers!

One of my friends, Mr. Mumin, told me that Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. "Before 4:00 AM, you can eat to get ready," he said. "But once you hear the first azan, you must begin your fast." An azan is a Muslim call to prayer. An azan is loud.