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Korité is the celebration after the 30 days of fasting that Muslim families take part in during Ramadan. This month is regarded as on of the five Pillars of Islam and dates depend on the visual sighting of the crescent moon. During the day Muslim adults will not eat or drink anything until the sun sets, when they will break their fast often with dates, bread, and tea/coffee before dinner which is usually late at night. Although there are some exceptions, if a woman is pregnant or somebody is sick for example, fasting is observed by all Muslim adults. This is also a time when Muslim families refrain from smoking, insulting, lying, fighting or anything sinful/hurtful to themselves or others. During the Korité celebrations Senegalese people have beautiful outfits made, and some of our students had skirts, dresses, or traditional boubous made.
Our students have been in Senegal only during Ramadan and got to experience this and then the Korité celebrations this weekend. Typically families pray, eat lunch, deliver and receive food from neighbors, then go house to house greeting their community members before having dinner together. Many members of the community go out and dance afterwards to celebrate the end of Ramadan. A group of our students went dancing together with their Senegalese peers, friends and siblings they’ve met on the trip so far. Ramadan and Korité are very important aspects of the Muslim faith and the DIAS students are incredibly grateful to have been able to experience this.