After the holy month of fasting during Ramadan, now all the Muslim followers across the globe are waiting for the celebration day of Eid al-Fitr. As Islam festivals such as Eid are based on the lunar sightings, it is yet to be declared whether the festival will start from the evening of 23rd May or 24th May.
Though Eid al-Fitr is a festival that is waited by the people throughout the year, this year things are going to be little different than other years. Due to the pandemic situation in many nations across the world, the celebration of Eid will be also impacted. Eid prayers in mosques and celebrations outside are prohibited this year to curb the spread of the virus.
The Festival of Eid al-Fitr
Eid al-Fitr signifies the breaking of the fasting of Ramadan. In most Muslim nations, it is celebration at length for continuous three days.
Eid is celebrated to remember the loyalty of Prophet Ibrahim towards Allah. As per the story, Allah once asked Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ishamel to show his loyalty. When Ibrahim was about to make the sacrifice, Allah saved his son.
As the start of Ramadan depends on the sighting of the crescent moon, similarly, Eid also depends on the sighting of the crescent moon. If the local moon sighting authorities can see the moon on 23rd May evening, Eid will be declared since 23rd May evening or else Ramadan will continue for one more day.
The Celebration of Eid al-Fitr
If the crescent moon is sighted, Eid is announced and people go for prayers in post-dawn to mosques. A number of people also clean their houses and decorate with lights and other things. Even the roads are decorated with colorful items.
People wear new clothes and kids are offered kids by the elders. As the festival is all about sacrifice and love, people offer help and support to the poor too.
Muslim households are busy cooking delicious desserts and other meals to celebrate the special day. Special puddings and biriyani are some of the most common dishes cooked in most of the Muslim houses on this day. People invite each other to celebrate the day with friends and family.
How Eid al-Fitr will be different this year?
Though each year Eid al-Fitr is celebrated with great pomp and show, this year it is going to be a bit different due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Governments have requested people to offer prayers at home in place of visiting the mosques. Also, they have requested to avoid visiting each other’s houses this year and to celebrate the festival at home only with family members.
Across the world, as of now there are 4.8 million cases of COVID-19 among which 318,000 people have lost their lives. The spread can be curbed only when people will maintain social distancing among themselves. As festivals are the main time of gatherings, hence a number of Muslim nations across the world have banned public celebrations this year to keep the spread of coronavirus under check.
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