‘Eid-ul-Fitr’ symbolizes the end of the Islamic Holy month of Ramadan. ‘Eid’ in Arabic stands for ‘festivity’, while ‘Fitr’ means ‘to break the fast’. Eid is always subjected to lunar cycles and hence the dates of celebration keep changing every year. The Eid of 2020 falls on the auspicious day of May 24 which will make Ramadan last for 30 days. There have been innumerable discussions going on about the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr amid COVID-19 pandemic.
Celebrating Eid magnanimously has always been an Islamic tradition. It’s a way of spreading joy, upheaving the faith of every follower around the globe. However, given the current scenario of Eid-ul-Fitr 2020 and the COVID-19 crisis, there have to be some changes in this traditional way of celebrations.
The worldwide pandemic, COVID-19, is claiming more lives as every second passes by. A tragedy that can’t be ignored and calls for desperate measures. We owe it to ourselves, our families and everyone out there to have a safe and prosperous Eid. However, people around the planet are planning to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr amid the Coronavirus crisis with apt measures and restrictions from the authorities’ advisory.
There have been certain directives to be followed during this Eid-ul-Fitr 2020:
Eid celebrations have always been an intriguing event, because people wake up early, get ready and wear vibrant clothes to spread joy and happiness everywhere. People used to go out to the mosque to offer “Salat-al-Eid”, their holy prayer to commemorate the end of Ramadan. People gather in large numbers to mutualise their heartfelt emotions and love for each other.
Eid-ul-Fitr celebration activities will be on stringent restrictions due to the Coronavirus crisis. The leaders across the world have persuaded the populace to abide by the regulations to prevent further spread of the virus. Many national leaders are suggesting to virtually meet and greet via online video calling tools keeping a stubborn eye at the spread of infection and its prevention.
For nations like the UAE, there has been critical planning and organization by the authorities and they urged the citizens not to host group prayers and not to congregate in huge gatherings. There has been an expansion in the stipulations for the Eid-ul-Fitr 2020 amid Coronavirus.
Food and festivities go hand-in-hand. For an immersive festival like Eid, the variety and opulence of delicacies and the feasts are impeccable. The Eid-ul-Fitr celebration food is often palatial with enormous community gatherings. People around the world postulate that this festival holds peace and brings merriness for everyone. It is a festival of love and harmony.
There is no doubt in the grandeur of the feasts to be fabricated in the kitchens on the very same day of Eid. The aromatic vibes of the nosh and the delicacies during the time of Eid are mesmerising. But taking a gander at the present-day milieu, in which COVID-19 dampens the Eid festivities.
The governments around the world have not put any specific restrictions. Yet, they have advised the citizens to have home-cooked meals and savour their feasts with their loved ones. Also, there have been strict restrictions on inviting people to one’s house to prevent the spread of the virus. For instance, the UAE government has imposed a fine of AED 10,000 to ensure the citizenry to follow the regulations.
Eid celebrations are indeed sumptuous and grandiose. But there comes a wedge where people bestow a part of their income (known as, Zakat-al-Fitr) to the penniless and the needy as a service to their God. People display a cryptic sentiment of integrity and generosity and donate either money or any necessities, regardless of how affluent a person is.
Eid-ul-Fitr is not just about food and festivities but also looking out for society and helping someone in need. Zakat-al-Fitr is a ritual that everyone must perform during the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations. However, there has been a prevalent risk of mass-spread of the Coronavirus. Hence, the officials have discouraged the usage of paper currency which might upheave the menace of the spread. This has been saddening for the people across the globe as COVID-19 has dampened the Eid festivities. Yet, suggestions have been there by a few people to employ virtual money transferring tools and sanitization wraps around the envelope for presenting the money.
Eid ushers contentment with the closure of the holy month of Ramadan and fires up the spirituality within the people’s vital force. The people commencing their meals at the crack of the dawn and breaking the fast at dusk. They also go about with the regular rituals and prayers throughout the day. The elders of the family also present gifts and money (known as, Eidi) to the younger generation as a segment of celebration for everyone.
With the anticipation ascending to high skies about the Eid-ul-Fitr 2020, the whole planet worries about Eid-ul-Fitr amid COVID-19 crisis. The nations and the officials around the world have adopted rigorous policies and regulations to be implemented, reckoning the impact of the pandemic.
In Saudi Arabia, there is an introduction of a 5-day curfew from May 23rd to May 27th foreseeing the number of new Coronavirus cases. For Egypt, there will be a 4-hour curfew with parks, beaches, shops and restaurants being shut down as Stated by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.
The United Arab Emirates’ government has deployed the best of its mind to rigorously monitor the spread of the virus. The authorities also have urged the people to follow the regulations and celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr 2020 amid COVID-19 crisis. The leaders around the world have hoped for the situation to get better and for a foreseeably vibrant future on the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr after the COVID-19 pandemic.