Pakistan celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr amid lockdown restrictions
KARACHI: Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated across Pakistan today with utmost religious fervour and festivity, however, keeping in place rules to control the spread of the coronavirus.
Eid is an Arabic term meaning “festivity” or “celebration” while Fitr means “to break the fast”. The day begins with special prayers for peace and prosperity of the country at the Masajid.
This falls on Shawwal Al-Mukarram’s first day, after the Ramazan fasting month. Eid is observed over a three day duration.
For all Muslims, particularly children, it is a joyous occasion. This is a time to spread goodwill, to share with others, and to give thanks for completing another period of fasting for the Ramazan month.
Muslims not only celebrate the end of fasting, but also thank God for the support and encouragement He has given them in helping them exercise self-control during the previous month.
The faithful wear clean, festive clothes on the occasion and offer Eid prayers at mosques, ‘Eidgahs’ seeking divine blessings for peace, progress, and prosperity.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, restaurants and open places in the cities have been shut down to control the spread of the virus, therefore Eid is being celebrated inside homes and amid rules of social distancing and safety.