Eid al-Fitr is a Muslim and also a public holiday that marks the completion of Ramadan “the festival of breaking the fast”.
This year’s Eid al- Fitr fell on a quiet Wednesday and because it’s a midweek not much fun will characterize the celebration.
However, the best time to mark Eid-al-Fitr holiday properly is weekend, where you have all the 24 hours at your disposal.
To really pay off the ‘Eid-al-Fitr holiday enjoyment deficit’, this would be the best way to mark your Eid al-Fitr weekend.
Visit the Larabanga Mosque
The Larabanga mosque was founded in 1421, by an Islamic trader who goes by the name of Ayuba. According to traditional folklore, Ayub had a dream while staying near a “Mystic Stone” which directed him to build a mosque.
It’s Sudanese architectural style as well as it mud-plaster construction lends it a unique aesthetic and is also the oldest mosque in WestAfrica. However, due to poor restoration works it’s undergone in the past, the mosque is currently listed as one of the 100 Most Endangered Sites. Other interesting artefacts in the mosque is an old Quran believed to be a gift from heaven in 1650 to Imam Bramah.
You can pick some handmade raffia bags, shea butter and other beautiful crafts from local artisans who live in the Larabanga village
Celebrate Eid al-Fitr at Mole National Park
Tamale’s population is largely Muslim, and as such Eid al-Fitr is observed in the busy city centres as well as the calm outskirts. Mole National Park’s open savannah and accessible wildlife fields are great spots to enjoy some peace and tranquillity. The 4,912km² reserve area of Mole is home to large mammals, reptiles, birds and rare vegetation. Flights and buses run the Accra–Tamale route daily. If you’re not driving, taxi cabs and buses load from the Metro Mass Station to Larabanga, the gateway town to Mole.
Backpacking is fun from the famous ancient mosque to Mole National Park, where they serve warm continental food. The Jeep Safari is an interesting experience that goes through the forest. Hiking, especially in the morning at Mole is when you find bushbucks, elephants, and warthogs up close.
Visit and relax at Zaina Lodge
Zaina Lodge, West Africa’s first luxury safari lodge. Nestled in the heart of the Mole forest, Zaina Lodge in Ghana provides world-class hospitality service with a unique touch.
Zaina Lodge is relatively new to the hospitality industry in Ghana, yet the hotel has chalked some giant strides in the sector.
The lodge is located in the heart of the Mole National Park in the Northern region of Ghana and it’s accessible mainly by the road that is after you arrive at the Tamale Airport.