Dhaka, Bangladesh
Eid passes off in sombre mode

An outdoor festival confined indoors

Eid passes off in sombre mode

News Report:

Eid passed off in a sombre mode in Bangladesh as also in other countries amid news of disease and death everywhere.

It's a sordid fact of life created by a pandemic that coerced people of Islamic faith into observing indoors an outdoor festival called Eid-ul-Fitr amid an ambiance of fear of contagion instead of cheers of fulfillment religious ordain and ordeals.

The day before eid, on Sunday, deaths from the novel coronavirus marked a record high at 28 with hundreds of people infected and on the day of eid in Bangladesh, Monday,infections from the virus hit a new high at 1975 with 21 people dead. Among the dead were a former lawmaker and Awami League leader and a police inspector. Such is the circumstance, wherein enjoyment, entertainment or amusement should obviously look to be a thing of the past.



It was an eid sans eidgah, no handshake and

embracing, no outdoor rejoiching--a

new normal which characterises the

ambiance of the great religious festival this time.


The holy Eid-al-Fitr, the biggest



Muslim festival marking the end of



month-long daytime fasting and



abstinence,commenced Monday



in Bangladesh, a day later than



envisaged, as the new moon was not



seen in the country on Saturday



evening.



This time around, much of the gaiety



of the great occasion was missing here as everywhere across



the globe because of nationwide



lockdowns amid the coronavirus



pandemic that is taking huge toll of



lives every passing day.



"No eid congregation at any eidgah,



neither at the national eidgah. Say



eid prayer at a nearby mosque," said



a government guideline attuned to



the universal health guidelines that



call for 'social distancing' to



avert social transmission of the



novel coronavirus that transmit from



man to man and thus drives a wedge



between them to jeopardise harmony



which is a main message of eid and



is demonstrated through hugging and



embracing after the congregation.







In the Arab world, the moon



appeared in sight on Saturday



evening and the eid was



observed Sunday amid much tougher



restrictions than here, curfew at



the extreme, including in Saudi



Arabia, the custodian of the two



holiest sites--Makkah and Madinah--



in order to contain the pandemic



virus. Bangladesh has been under



lockdown since Mar 26 amid a surge



in coronavirus cases and deaths



across the country.







In an effort to limit the spread of



the disease, the government has



placed several restrictions on



public life, asking citizens to



shelter in place and avoid



gatherings to maintain social-



distancing rules.







Similarly, restrictions were also



imposed on congregational prayers at



mosques to limit the risk of



contagion although the government



decided to relax the curbs as long



as devotees followed a set of safety



protocols.







The government, however, urged



Muslims not to offer Eid Al-Fitr



prayers in congregations at Eidgah



or on open grounds, but at mosques,



to reduce the risk of coronavirus



infection.







Worshippers were requested to



offer eid prayers at nearby mosques



in their localities.







Notwithstanding the interdictions,



however, a section of people in



droves left the capital and



other cities for their native homes,



stoking fear among health experts



that they may be carrying tears



instead of cheers for their near and



dear ones because of spread of the



virus in 'geometric progression' in



hotspots.

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