Why Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated?
Eid al-Fitr is the festival of breaking the fast that marks the end of Holy Month of Ramadan. The celebrations for Eid-ul-Fitr continues for three days consecutively in almost all of the Muslim majority countries as well as Muslim communities.
Muslim countries await the testimonies of local moon fighters to announce the start of the religious festival of Eid. Like Eid, Ramadan also begins with the sighting of the crescent moon. However, the date of Eid changes every year on the Gregorian calendar and varies from country to country depending on geographical location because the event is associated with the sighting of the moon.
How Eid-ul-Fitr 2020 should be celebrated during the Covid-19 Pandemic?
When Eid-ul-Fitr to be celebrated across Pakistan?
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry reveals that the calendar released by the ministry shows that the Eid-ul-Fitr would fall on Sunday May 24. Sighting of the crescent has become a sectarian issue, while Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman and Mufti Popalzai stand on two extremes, said Federal Minister for Science and Technology while addressing to overseas journalists organized by Pakistan Press Club International.
Earlier, Pakistans Meteorological Department (PMD) predicted that Eid-ul- Fitr is expected to fall on May 25 in the country. The officials said that the new moon will be less likely to appear 29th of Ramazan as the weather will be cloudy in most parts of the country that day.
How Eid-ul-Fitr 2020 will be celebrated in Muslim-majority countries?
In Saudi Arabia, authorities announced that a 24-hour curfew would go into effect on May 23, when Eid al-Fitr is expected to begin. The curfew will set to remain in place until May 27, the last day of celebrations. Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh issued an edict instructing the faithful to conduct Eid prayers at home.
— Saudi Gazette (@Saudi_Gazette) May 12, 2020
“It is permissible to perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at home under exceptional circumstances similar to the current pandemic situation,” the grand mufti informed the Saudi Gazette.
Egyptian authorities also have plans to place a nationwide curfew for Eid al-Fitr in order to discourage the rise in the number of COVID-19 infections. In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a nationwide lockdown would be in place for the entirety of Eid al-Fitr.
— Turkish Presidency (@trpresidency) May 19, 2020
Pakistan, a South Asian Muslim country, has yet to issue guidelines regarding Eid celebrations during the COVID-19 crisis. However, the country’s interior ministry notified that all businesses, public places, community markets, shops, etc will remain closed during the Eid holidays and only essential items’ shops and medical stores will be allowed to remain open.