Somalis prepare for end of Ramadan

2013-08-07 15:32:18 GMT2013-08-07 23:32:18(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MOGADISHU, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Residents of Mogadishu, the Somali capital, flock to various markets in the city to shop for new clothes, toys and sweets in preparation for the Eid festival which marks the end of the month-long Ramadan.

Muslims in Somalia and throughout the world celebrate the festivities at the end of Ramadan known as Eid ul adha with family parties while both adults and children wear new clothes and sweets and gifts are given to guests and neighbors.

Despite the high prices of goods people were willing to mark this Eid in style and hundreds of people went to shop at the markets in Mogadishu as well as across the Somali cities and towns.

"We are getting ready for the Eid and buying clothes and toys for ourselves and children. People want to celebrate this occasion which is very important for us," Najib Hassan Ali, a father of two told Xinhua at Hamarweyne market in Mogadishu.

Traders at various markets in Mogadishu see a boom in businesses both during the start of the holy month of Ramadan when people stockpile essentials and at end of fasting month when people shop to celebrate Eid festival.

During this time of year people make some of their biggest expenditures mostly on new clothes and toys for children and on family parties in which sweets and biscuits as well as drinks are served to friends and neighbors.

"To get ready for this happy moment we make many purchases mainly of clothes, toys, sweets and gifts for family and friends to share the happiness with them," said Fadumo Ali, a mother of five as she shopped at the market in Mogadishu.

During this festival which starts with a prayer at the mosque, family members and friends in their new clothes usually pay visits to each other to congratulate each other on the successful completion of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, the holiest in the Islamic calendar.

This Eid festival comes as the Somali capital Mogadishu marks two years of relative stability despite intermittent attacks launched by the Al Shabaab group in the seaside city.

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