Eid celebrated sans fanfare

Staff Correspondent

29 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The Muslims of Bangladesh celebrated their biggest religious festival Eid-ul-Fitr without outdoor activities this year in the wake of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

After the end of holy Ramadan, they celebrated the Eid festival on Monday as the Shawwal moon was sighted in the country’s sky on Sunday night.

Muslim devotees attended Eid congregations at around 300,000 mosques across the country instead of open places, maintaining social distance.

They also refrained from handshaking and hugging after the Eid prayers due to the spread of Covid-19.During munajats after Eid congregations, the Muslims prayed for divine blessings for peace and progress of Bangladesh and their welfare.

Special prayers were also offered, seeking divine blessings of Almighty Allah to save people from the disease.

Earlier, the government urged people to avoid Eidgah or other open places, which normally draw tens of thousands.

Muslim devotees participated in Eid prayers at mosques by maintaining safe distance and health guidelines. This year, the main Eid jamaat was not held at the National Eidgah on the premises of the Bangladesh Supreme Court in Dhaka due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The main Eid congregation was held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka where five Eid congregations were held by maintaining social distance.

President Abdul Hamid offered Eid-ul-Fitr prayers along with his family members and some senior officials at the Durbar Hall of Bangabhaban. It was held at 9:30am.

A special munajat was offered seeking divine blessings for peace and progress of Bangladesh and welfare of the people as well as the Muslim Ummah.

In the previous years, a three-day holiday that begins with the sighting of the moon is usually a time for travel, family gatherings and feasts after weeks of dawn-to-dusk fasting.

But this year Muslims prayed at homes, their celebrations quieter and touched with worry about the virus and the effect of the general holiday to curb the spread of Covid-19.