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Muslims celebrate Eid el-Fitr amid coronavirus

Sunday, 24 May 2020

By Faleye Adetunji with BBC report

Muslims across Nigeria celebrated Eid el-Fitr in low key amidst Covid-19 pandemic. From Lagos to Kano and many other communities and cities, the story was not different as the celebration was devoid of fanfare that usually accompanies the festival.

Ramadan this year was marked by lockdowns and social distancing.

The "festival of the breaking of the fast" is one of Islam's two major holidays. It begins when the moon rises on the final day of Ramadan, a holy month of fasting.

Traditionally, whole communities turn out to attend Eid prayers at their local mosques.

But with many countries still under coronavirus restrictions, Eid will look very different for many people this year.

As the start of the festival depends on the sighting of the new moon, the first day of Eid varies between countries.

Somalia and Kenya, for example, began celebrating on Saturday while Indonesia and Thailand held Eid prayers on Sunday.

And in some parts of the world, Muslims are still fasting and won't mark Eid al-Fitr until Monday.

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