Celebrating Eid al-Fitr during lockdown

Eid Al-Fitr, the celebration at the end of Ramadan, is due to be marked by Muslims across the world on the 24th May, subject to the sighting of the new moon. With the UK having been in lockdown since 23rd March and the holy month of Ramadan having been observed at home, the Muslim Council of Britain has issued guidance on how to celebrate Eid subject to the lockdown measures in place.

Though Eid is traditionally marked with congregational prayers in mosques and parks followed by parties amongst families and friends, Eid in the time of the Coronavirus will look markedly different. Places of worship have remained closed for at least nine weeks along with large gatherings, and the latest UK government guidelines mean that this is not possible.

Instead, Muslims are being encouraged to celebrate Eid in the same way as Ramadan: from home, and virtually with friends and family. The special prayers for the day of Eid – usually prayed in mosques or in parks – may be prayed within households, with gifts exchanged by post, and the celebration to be shared virtually.