Combating coronavirus: Virtual Eid Celebrations

What is Eid Al Fitr and how exactly do we celebrate the end of Ramadan?

This year since Ramadan commenced on Friday, April 24, Eid is most likely to fall on Sunday, May 24 2020.Eid Al Fitr occurs after the last day of Ramadan, on the first day of Shawwal.

What does Eid Al Fitr mean?

Roughly translated, Eid Al Fitr means the “festival of ending the fast” it is marked by a special prayer on the morning of the first of Shawwal.

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How long does it lasts?

Eid Al Fitr 2020 will last for three days.

What do Muslims do during Eid?

It is usually customary for a Muslim to wake up early in the morning and clean themselves, dress in smart clothes before going to the mosque to pray a special prayer for Eid. But this year, due to COVID-19, Muslims will be asked to pray the Eid prayers at home Sticking to the social distancing policy.

As fasting is forbidden during Eid, Muslims will then have a light breakfast and will usually have a bigger lunch with family.It is also essential that Muslims donate to charity to help the poor and needy before the Eid prayers. This is called “Zakat”, and the amount which is given to charity is calculated based on one’s personal possessions.

For families, Eid Al Fitr is a special occasion to come together and even go house to house to exchange greetings with friends and relatives – but not this year. Sticking to the social distancing policy, UAE residents are now planning to take their celebrations – online.


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