Eid-ul-Fitr — one of the most significant festivals that is celebrated by the Muslim community around the world. The day marks the end of the fasting month of Ramzan for the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims, especially the month-long fasting from dawn until dusk.
People usually celebrate by travelling, visiting family and gathering for lavish meals, all of which will be largely prohibited as authorities try to prevent new virus outbreaks.
And while the actual date depends on the sighting of the moon, this year, it is believed that the festival will begin on May 23, and will continue till May 24.
Muslims in Gulf countries have been observing fast since April 24, after the Ramadan moon was sighted on April 23. Saturday, i.e. May 23 is the 29th day of Ramadan in the region.
Here are the highlights on moon sighting:
— While the day of Eid is determined by the sighting of the moon, the calendar holiday for Eid-ul-Fitr in India is on May 25. On this day, Muslims are forbidden from fasting. They wear new clothes, pray together, greet each other with hugs and wishes of Eid Mubarak and have a feast with their close friends and family.
— The moon was sighted in Kargil on May 22 so we are celebrating Eid in Ladakh today (May 23). Due to COVID-19 outbreak, we will be offering prayers at our homes, a Ladakh native told ANI.
— Ladakh celebrates Eid early after moon sighted in Kargil.
Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated in Ladakh on May 23 amid coronavirus pandemic. Celebration of Eid will be different this year as large gatherings are prohibited and people have been asked to maintain social distancing.
— As Eid approaches, people wish for clear skies, because the sighting of the crescent moon indicates that the festival has officially begun. People then begin to dress up and start the feast.
— Eid-ul-Fitr is a special occasion for Muslims across the world as it marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Apart from family gatherings, feasts and celebrations, congregational Eid prayers, offered about 20 minutes after sunrise makes it even more of a special occasion. Traditionally, Muslims gather in huge numbers in big mosques or grounds called Eid Mussallahs across the country to perform Eid prayers, which are led by an imam.
—Imarat-e-Shariah Karnataka guidelines for Eid.
— Agra: The Rapid Action Teams of the police have been deployed in all sensitive areas, ahead of the Eid in the Taj City in Uttar Pradesh. Though the maulvis and maulanas have been appealing to the faithful to pray at home, and not to come out on the streets or throng mosques, the city administration is not taking chances.
— Apart from praying to Allah, exchanging gifts, relishing traditional delicacies and wishing each other ‘Eid Mubarak,’ the festival is also celebrated by offering zakat which is considered one of the five pillars of Islam. People contribute a part of their earning to charity as a gesture of equality in celebration.
— The Crescent moon has not been sighted in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, which means that India will celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr festival on Monday, i.e. on May 25.
— In Indonesia, the largest Muslim-majority country, President Joko Widodo said restrictions would remain in place through the holiday. The country, with a population of 270 million, has reported more than 18,000 cases, including around 1,200 deaths.
Since the start of the Ramzan, the government has imposed an outright ban on ‘mudik’, a holiday tradition in which millions of Indonesians living in big cities flock to their hometowns to celebrate with relatives. Health experts had warned it could set off a wave of new cases.
— The Eid prayer at home is done in the same way as in mosques; however, there is no Khutba (sermon) being delivered by the Imam of the mosques. It’s just like any normal daily prayer.
— In Egypt, authorities have extended the nighttime curfew, which will now begin at 5 pm instead of 9 pm, and halted public transportation until May 29. Shopping centers, malls, beaches and parks, which would ordinarily be packed, will be closed.
— In Jerusalem, most restrictions have been lifted but the Al-Aqsa mosque compound – the third holiest site in Islam will remain closed until after the holiday. Shopkeepers in the Old City, which has been emptied of tourists and pilgrims since March, are reeling from the effects of six weeks of lockdown.
— The prayers will not be performed at other mosques in Saudi. Muezzins will chant the Eid Takbeers (Arabic phrase Allahu Akbar) through loudspeakers from dawn till the Eid prayer time.
— Eid Al Fitr prayers will be performed at Islam’s two holiest mosques – Mecca and Medina. The prayers will be performed in full observance of preventive measures and health precautions, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Saturday.
— Saudi Arabia has suspended congregation prayers in its mosques as part of strict precautions to curb the spread of the virus.
— Saudi: No worshippers will be allowed to attend Eid prayers in both sites of Mecca and Medina, as part of restrictions in place against the novel coronavirus, head of the presidency responsible for affairs of the two mosques Abdul Rahman Al Sudeis said.
— Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz approved holding Eid-ul-Fitr prayers on Sunday (May 24) at the two holy mosques in Mecca and Medina, without any worshippers.
— Thus Muslims will observe 30 days of fasting and Eid will be celebrated on May 24 (Sunday). With this, Saturday (May 23) will be the last day of Ramadan.
— The higher judiciary council of Saudi Arabia announced that the Eid moon will not be sighted today.
— Religious authorities based in Jerusalem, the UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Qatar, Kuwait, Libya and Lebanon also said that Eid al-Fitr would begin on Sunday.
— The International Astronomical Center in UAE said last week that Eid al-Fitr was estimated on Sunday, May 24 across most Islamic countries in the world.
— A very few were seen on Kozhikode’s SM street market ahead of Eid festival.
Kerala: People in less numbers were seen making purchases today at SM street market in Kozhikode ahead of Eid festival amid #COVID19 lockdown. Syed,a shop owner says, “There is less footfall now. Even though Eid festival is around the corner, there is only 10% sales due to COVID” pic.twitter.com/Qp8HQmJaHh
— ANI (@ANI) May 23, 2020
— UK’s Royal Family takes to Twitter to extend Eid greetings.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 23, 2020
— The Iranian President had last week announced that restaurants would reopen after Ramadan and sports activities would resume without spectators. Universities, but not medical schools, will reopen on June 6.
— Iran on Saturday moved to open businesses, religious and cultural sites as it eases restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Museums and historical sites are to reopen on Sunday to coincide with the Eid el-Fitr celebrations that end the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, President Hassan Rouhani said on state television.