Muslims make up around 12 percent of the population in Uganda, and Eid al-Fitr is one of the Islamic celebrations granted a public holiday in the country.
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Eid al-Fitr is the first day of the Muslim month of Shawwal, which immediately follows the fasting month of Ramadan. It is a time to feast and celebrate. Many Ugandan Muslims attend prayer at mosques, eat communal meals or special lunches, and give charity to the poor in the form of food so they can eat and celebrate Eid as well.
Plain rice, rice pilau and dates are among the many foods eaten for Eid or given to the poor. The amount to be given to the poor is prescribed, and it is supposed to be donated a few days before Eid, during the last days of Ramadan.
Prayers take place all over the country, but two locations in Kampala, the capital, have large gatherings: the Old Kampala Mosque and the Spidiqa Foundation Mosque.