As the fasting month of #Ramadan comes to an end, Muslims are preparing for the festival of Eid al-Fitr.
But with #coronavirus-related restrictions, celebrations will be very different this year.
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) May 20, 2020
Hardly the usual celebratory holiday, but people are doing their best to help keep everyone safe. Also from Al Jazeera, “Michigan Muslims find new ways to celebrate Eid amid a pandemic”:
Eid al-Fitr in the US state of Michigan this year is going to be very different, said Mahmoud Al-Hadidi, a physician and chairman of the Michigan Muslim Community Council.
There will be no mass prayers in the mosques, no communal breakfasts, no carnival and no evening parties. Even family gatherings will be limited.
“Usually we have a huge party at my house with 400 to 500 people,” Al-Hadidi told Al Jazeera.
“I’m not gonna be doing that this year,” Al-Hadidi said. “I’m going to be with my immediate family, and we’re staying at home.”
But the curbs on mass social gatherings put in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus, expected to last through at least May 28, have not dampened the holiday spirit. And residents of southeast Michigan, home to one of the largest Muslim communities in the United States, say they have found innovative ways to welcome the three-day holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, while adhering to social-distancing measures…
Thousands are expected to tune in on Sunday morning for a live Eid sermon that will be aired on local television and streamed on social media. Later in the day, cars will be able to line up outside several mosques to enjoy live music and to receive gift bags for children, in this year’s first-ever drive-thru Eid event.
Speaking of the disruption of religious holidays…
I do not celebrate Easter, but I think I speak for my fellow Jews when I say we are willing to pitch in to shoulder this difficult burden. https://t.co/twDygZrWLz
— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) May 22, 2020
— SkyNews (@SkyNews) May 22, 2020
They've already donated 50% to hospitals, food banks and community groups. They're now asking for more groups to get in contact so they can donate the rest before the use by date.??
— Esther Gee (@OMGee_e) May 22, 2020
And some of my fellow Olds might be reminded of a certain Bob & Ray sketch…