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Eid Al Fitr: Morocco’s road safety agency warns travelers

Rabat – The Moroccan National Road Safety Agency (NARSA) issued a statement on Friday calling on travelers to be extra cautious and take all necessary safety measures amid the expected heavy road traffic ahead of Eid Al Fitr.

The religious holiday is a period when thousands of people travel by road to celebrate Eid with their families and loved ones. 

As the risks of car accidents and potential collisions increase with more vehicles on the roads, NARSA urged road users to prioritize safe driving practices and remain alert and patient on the roads. 

The statement also called on citizens to get adequate rest before driving, as well as urged all passengers to wear their seat belts. In addition, it recommended that drivers take their cars for mechanical and technical inspections before taking to the road.

The holy month of Ramadan is also a time where car accidents increase, especially in the hours leading up to Iftar, the meal of breaking the fast. 

People typically rush on the roads to get home to break their fast or to the mosque for prayers, which can result in reckless driving and a greater likelihood of accidents.

Today marks the 30th and last day of Ramadan in Morocco, with the country celebrating Eid Al Fitr on Saturday.

The majority of countries in the MENA celebrated the religious holiday  today, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Algeria, among others. 

In Morocco, Eid Al Fitr celebrations are joyous and festive, typically lasting for three days.

On the first day of Eid Al Fitr, Muslims wake up in the morning to attend Eid prayers. After that, they greet each other with hugs, handshakes, or the traditional Darija greeting “Mbrouk El Eid,” meaning Blessed Eid.

Moroccan families prepare special meals and sweets for the occasion to share with family, friends, and neighbors.

Eid Al Fitr is also a time for charity and helping people in need. Around three days before Ramadan ends, Muslims are required to give Zakat Al Fitr, a mandatory act of charity.

Source: morccoworldnews