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Ghana's National Hajj Committee, has said that it would begin searching for the next New Moon crescent indicating the coming month of Ramadan, on August 20, and that if the Moon is not sighted on that date, then Saturday, August 22, 2009, would be the first day of the month of Ramadan.
The communique, released to the press by Sheikh Musah Abdul Kadir, the Chairman of Ghana's National Hajj Committee, at the end of the 15th National Annual Ramadan Conference, in Kumasi, also asked the government to extend the public holiday for the Eid Fitr Festival from one to two days "since there would be difficulties and tiredness during the celebration in the first day".
The possible actual dates of the End of Ramadan public holiday were not mentioned in the communique, but, in the past, Ghana has either declared Muslim public holidays early (2008-09-25 and 2007-12-15) as do Nigeria and Libya, or on a more middle-of-the-road date that follows the Saudi Arabian announcements (2008-12-03 and 2007-10-10).
This year, whichever method is used by Ghana's National Hajj Committee, the End of Ramadan will fall on a weekend; either Saturday, August 19, or Sunday, August 20, 2009.
On occasion, in the past, Ghana has declared a day in lieu public holiday for Muslim public holidays that fell on a weekend (2007-10-10), which would mean an additional day in lieu End of Ramadan public holiday on Monday, September 21, 2009 (which is possibly what Sheikh Musah Abdul Kadir was referring to in his request for a second day public holiday).
However, Monday, September 21, 2009, is tentatively set as the date of the public holiday commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah (2009-06-04), which probably means that September 21, 2009, will be a non-working public holiday for either of those 2 reasons (or both).
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