Eid al-Fitr is celebrated by Muslims in Suriname with much religious fervour and general merriment.
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The national holiday comes on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, immediately following the holy month of Ramadan and month-long period of fasting, prayer and devotion. It is one of the most important of all Muslim commemorations.
The first Muslims came to Suriname as slaves from Africa during the early colonial period. Later, when slavery was abolished in the 19th Century, Muslims came as indentured servants from India, Pakistan, Indonesia, and other countries.
One of the main features of Eid al-Fitr is early morning prayer meeting at the local mosque. Then there is feasting and celebrating for the next three days in homes and public places across the country.