Eid-el-Fitr: Muslims Celebrate End Of Fasting Season Amid Pandemic.
Eid-el-Fitr also called the “Festival of Breaking the Fast“, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan.
The festival is one of the most important in the Muslim calendar and is traditionally celebrated with mosque prayers, family feasts and shopping for new clothes, gifts and sweet treats.
But this year, the celebration is overshadowed by the ravaging Covid19 pandemic with many countries tightening lockdown restrictions after a partial easing during Ramadan led to a sharp spike in infections.
Core Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia to Egypt, Turkey and Syria have banned mass prayer gatherings, a festival highlight, to limit the spread of the disease.
In Nigeria, a similar precaution was taken as a result of the pandemic as the Sultan of Sokoto had ordered all Muslims to pray in their homes with close family members and avoid public gathering in other to curtail the spread of the virus.
President Muhammadu Buhari urged all Muslims to be in high spirit amid the pandemic and pray for the nation to be saved from the current global health crisis.