Eid-ul-Fitr is a festival celebrated by the Muslim community all over the world. Eid is observed to end the fasting period that is a month-long of Ramadan festival. This religious festival is commemorated during the Shawwal month. In 2021, the festival of Eid will start on 13 May evening and end on 14 May evening. The exact date and time actually depend on the moon sighting in the night sky. The crescent moon is the first to notice in Saudi Arabia and then only the remaining parts of the world observe the festival. Thus, it can be said that the exact date and timing differ a bit from country to country.
Usually, in the pre-coronavirus era, the festival of Eid is celebrated by meeting relatives and friends and relishing the delicious feasts organized by the families. However, this year during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the celebrations will be low-key and within the home of the families, and no public gatherings are allowed in India. State governments have announced strict measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and hence, they have asked the faithful people to observe the Eid festivities from home.
Due to the rising number of coronavirus infections all over the country, people are in a sad state of mind. Last year, the first wave didn’t pose as many challenges as this year’s wave of coronavirus has risked us at. People are already stressed out seeing the increasing number of deaths and the way people are struggling to even get a bed in the hospital, get good treatment in the hospitals, failing to get oxygen supply, lack of vaccination stock at the centers, and the new updates about the fungal infection that is affecting the recovered covid patients. The photographs and videos of people crying in the crematoriums losing their loved ones and the sufferings that have caused to family members and near and dear ones of the people dying in this pandemic is immense.
That’s why Eid celebrations in these unprecedented times are being very emotional and low-key. Eid-ul-Fitr gives the message of humanity, solidarity, and compassion. In these grim times, let us help each other to overcome the challenges that we are going through during this pandemic. We thank all those people who are observing the month of Ramadan as per the covid-induced restrictions and we pray to Allah that we get to witness beautiful Eid celebrations in the post-coronavirus world, and when this pandemic comes to an end. Enjoy time with families, please stay indoors! Eid Mubarak!