Because the coronavirus pandemic continues to circle the globe, tens of millions of Muslims all over the world will have fun certainly one of their largest spiritual festivals, Eid al-Fitr.

Eid al-Fitr is Arabic for “competition of the breaking of the quick,” and this yr’s celebrations, which start the night of Might 23, will possible look loads completely different as a result of pandemic. The competition marks the top of the Muslim vacation of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims abstain from consuming and ingesting from daybreak till sundown throughout Ramadan, which is a time for non secular reflection, success and reaffirming of religion.

The vacation begins with a greeting of both “Eid Mubarak” or “Blessed Eid,” each of which may be translated to “have a blessed vacation.”

This is what you need to find out about Eid al-Fitr:

When is Eid al-Fitr noticed?

The timing of Eid al-Fitr is predicated on sighting of the crescent moon per the Islamic lunar calendar. It may be troublesome to foretell when the competition will happen in every nation.

Whereas some Muslims wait to see the moon themselves, many both use the calculated time of the brand new moon, or base it on the declaration made in Saudi Arabia or Turkey.

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How will Eid celebrations be completely different amid coronavirus?

Usually, Muslims collect at mosques and prayer areas within the morning to carry out Eid Prayer and greet one another. Different traditions embody visiting associates and kinfolk, internet hosting meals events and sharing sweets.

This yr, Muslim households remoted at dwelling throughout the coronavirus quarantine will miss these communal traditions. As a substitute, many are creating prayer spaces inside their houses modeled after the locations the place they usually would worship. 

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Dwelling adorning for the holy month just isn’t a brand new custom, however it’s taken on new significance this yr due to the isolation wrought by the pandemic. Households wish to maintain the festive spirit of Ramadan, particularly for kids who look ahead all yr to the vacation.

Throughout Eid, youngsters get new garments, sneakers and money presents referred to as “Eidi” from their elders and kinfolk.

Since mosques needed to shut their doorways, many Islamic establishments and foundations opened extra digital areas to assist Muslims worship and provide steering through the pandemic.

The vacation is taken into account a time of forgiveness and of giving because of Allah for serving to folks to finish their non secular fasting. Many Muslims show their thanks by giving donations and meals to these much less lucky than themselves.

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How lengthy is the Eid competition?

Eid is a three-day celebration and in most Muslim international locations, Eid is noticed as public and college holidays. Within the U.S., many employers and faculties permit time without work for Muslim employees and youngsters – significantly in areas with a excessive Muslim inhabitants.

How must you greet Muslims on Eid al-Fitr?

Probably the most customary greetings on this event is “Eid Mubarak” which suggests “have a blessed Eid.”

Contributing: Waseem Abbasi and Joshua Bote, USA TODAY


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