Eid al-Fitr: coronavirus changed the centuries-old traditions

Russian Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr. The pandemic coronavirus, this time a celebration look is not so, as in previous years.

Celebration for Muslims is considered to be the entire Holy month of Ramadan. But the beginning of the Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of fasting — day special. Usually believers celebrate it in the mosques, where gather for collective prayers. But this time the celebrations are held only at home.

“there is Now an opportunity to be with family. Often in Ramadan, many Muslims, including me, broke away from the family. And now we have more time dedicated to talk about religion to their children,” says nail Mardanshin of Bashkortostan.

Eid al-Fitr is not only the end of strict fasting, but a time for good deeds. Poor decided to give obligatory alms. To help those in need they should, in the course of the month. So many this year I decided to volunteer.

“this year, I volunteer for the first time. Any inconvenience, only if the day is very busy, sometimes, of course, thirsty. But this is not so important,” says volunteer Aliya Productyou.

But now the 30 days of strict fasting behind. By the way, this year its observance was more easily than usual.

the Holiday has no precise date, its occurrence depends on the lunar calendar and moves annually for a few days. This time, according to believers, they were very lucky with the weather and did not have to fast in the summer heat.

Eid al-Fitr is one of two major holidays of Islam; traditionally, Muslims tend to celebrate it in the mosques. This year because of quarantine restrictions for the first time all the temples are closed to parishioners.

“God willing, the quarantine will end, and this trouble will go away. We then in mosques will be able to grant our prayers, praise God, to teach the lessons. But this Ramadan we ask you to respect all measures prescribed by governments, health authoritymi”, — said Chairman of the Central Spiritual administration of Muslims of Russia Talgat Tadzhuddin.

Prayer on this day, according to the canons of Islam, you can make at home. In addition, believers will be organized the online broadcast festive prayers. Due to the fact that the date this year falls on Sunday, Monday in Bashkiria declared a holiday.