25th May 2020

In_pictures In pictures: Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr amid coronavirus

In_pictures In pictures: Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr amid coronavirus

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in_pictures A boy wearing a face mask has his temperature checked before attending Eid prayersImage copyright
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Some worshippers in Indonesia had their temperature checked before attending prayers

After a Ramadan marked by lockdowns and social distancing, Muslims around the world have begun celebrating Eid al-Fitr.

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. Meanwhile, 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.

in_pictures An aerial photograph shows people attending Eid al-Fitr prayers at Baiturrahman Mosque in Banda Aceh, IndonesiaImage copyright
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Crowds gathered at this mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia

in_pictures A young Palestinian wearing a face mask holds a prayer mat over their headImage copyright
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Palestinians attended prayers on Sunday morning, despite fears about the spread of coronavirus

in_pictures Muslims, wearing masks and maintaining the social distancing, gather to perform Eid al-Fitr prayer in GazaImage copyright
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The densely-populated territory, whose health system was already under pressure before the pandemic, reported its first virus-related death on Saturday

in_pictures Worshippers in DjiboutiImage copyright
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Worshippers are pictured here in Djibouti, East Africa on Sunday

in_pictures Staff use a thermoscanner to check the body temperature of Muslims during the celebration of the Eid al-Fitr in RomeImage copyright
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In Rome, staff used thermoscanners to check the body temperature of worshippers

in_pictures Workers disinfect the area where muslims offer the Eid al Fitr prayer in PeshawarImage copyright
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And here in Peshawar in Pakistan, workers sprayed disinfectant in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19

in_pictures Volunteers in face masks hand out gloves at the entrance to the Heart of Chechnya Mosque in Grozny, Chechen RepublicImage copyright
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Volunteers in face masks handed out gloves at the entrance to the Heart of Chechnya Mosque in Grozny

in_pictures A worshipper in Tehran, Iran wears protective equipmentImage copyright
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People wore protective gloves and masks and maintained social distancing in Tehran

in_pictures Worshippers pictured in AlbaniaImage copyright
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But other countries still saw large crowds gather. This image shows prayers in Albania

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