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Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 Highlights: Cautious celebration of Eid in pandemic, PM Modi wishes for ‘good health’

Eid Mubarak 2021, Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 Highlights: The crescent moon is first seen in Saudi Arabia, and it is only after that the rest of the world celebrates the festival.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 14, 2021 12:40:30 pm
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Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 Highlights: Celebrated by the Muslim community across the world, Eid marks the end of the month-long fasting period of Ramadan. The religious festival is celebrated in the month of Shawwal. This year, it will begin on the evening of May 13 and will continue until the evening of May 14.

Much like the beginning of the fasting period, its end also depends on the sighting of the moon. People begin to look forward to the exact date and time when the cosmic body would appear in the night sky. The crescent moon is first seen in Saudi Arabia, and it is only after that the rest of the world celebrates the festival. The date of Eid, hence, differs from country to country.

The Jeddah Astronomical Association has reportedly predicted the moon sighting date for the Shawwal month in Saudi Arabia will be May 12, a Wednesday. If that is the case, Eid-ul-Fitr will be on May 13, a Thursday, and if not, it will come a day later.

Happy Eid-ul-Fitr 2021: Eid Mubarak wishes, images, quotes, status, messages, photos, and greetings

Islamic months last between 29 and 30 days. It depends on the sighting of the new moon on the 29th night of every month, following which, a new month begins with the sighting of the crescent moon.

While the festival is celebrated by meeting loved ones and enjoying lavish feasts, the celebrations this year will be different owing to the pandemic.

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12:14 (IST)14 May 2021
Riteish Deshmukh extends greetings on Eid

The actor took to social media to wish "Eid Mubarak" to everyone. 

11:45 (IST)14 May 2021
People celebrate eid in Karnataka

Following COVI-19 precautions, many offered namaz at their homes on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr

10:57 (IST)14 May 2021
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan wishes on Eid-ul-Fitr

Dr Harsh Vardhan wished "good health, peace and prosperity for everyone" on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. "May the almighty bless us with fortitude & tenacity to overcome all challenges posed by this #pandemic & end it at the earliest," he wrote. 

10:15 (IST)14 May 2021
People in Aligarh and Moradabad offer namaz in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions

With a 'partial curfew' in force, people offer namaz at the masjid on the holy occasion.

09:37 (IST)14 May 2021
Actor Bhumi Pednekar wishes everyone on the joyous occasion

Actor Bhumi Pednekar took to Twitter to greet her fans while sharing how she misses receiving Eidi on this day.

09:21 (IST)14 May 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets people on Eid

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted people on Eid-ul-Fitr, and expressed the wish that the nation overcomes the COVID-19 pandemic and work towards furthering human welfare with collective efforts.

Amid the shadow of the second wave of the disease, Eid is being observed across the country.

Modi tweeted, "Best wishes on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. Praying for everyone's good health and well-being. Powered by our collective efforts, may we overcome the global pandemic and work towards furthering human welfare. Eid Mubarak!" (PTI)

21:24 (IST)13 May 2021
Actor Madhavan extends warm wishes

Actor Madhavan took to Twitter to wish everyone! 

21:03 (IST)13 May 2021
Anil Kapoor wishes on the occasion of Eid

Actor Anil Kapoor took to Twitter to wish all 


20:42 (IST)13 May 2021
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20:26 (IST)13 May 2021
Festival travel, vaccine shortage put Bangladesh at risk

Tens of thousands of people left Bangladesh's capital on Thursday to join their families in home villages to celebrate the Islamic religious festival of Eid al-Fitr, despite stark warnings that the exodus could worsen the country's sharply rising coronavirus outbreak.

People crowded exit points in Dhaka, defying a nationwide lockdown in effect until Sunday and a suspension of long-distance passenger buses, trains and ferries. Authorities urged citizens not to congregate to offer special prayers for the festival on Friday and instead pray in phases in the country's more than 300,000 mosques while following health guidelines.

Health officials fear the chaotic mass travel will spread the coronavirus, especially a potentially more dangerous Indian variant already detected in the crowded nation of 160 million people, and reverse a recent hard-won decline in cases following weeks of nationwide lockdown. Barricades and police posted on highways and at ferry terminals failed to stop the exodus on Thursday marking the end of the monthlong fasting month of Ramadan.

Many people walked or took risky rides in the back of produce trucks or small motorized vehicles to get to local ferry terminals to cross the mighty rivers. At least five people have died in stampedes since Wednesday when people packed ferries beyond their capacity. On Thursday, the body of a sixth person was retrieved from the water after a car fell into a river as it hurried to get a space on a ferry. Shila Akhter, an employee at a private company, said she was desperate to join her family.

As Muslims, we should celebrate Eid with our families, she said. Dhaka is the place of work for many of us. We work for the whole year. So, once a year, we need to go home to our children and parents. They're the reason I'm going home. The country's garment industry, centred in Dhaka, employs about 4 million workers, mostly women, from rural areas.

On Monday, the World Health Organization designated a new virus version isolated in India a variant of concern based on preliminary research, alongside ones that were first detected in Britain, South Africa and Brazil. In Bangladesh, the South African variant is already widely present and the U.K. variant has also been detected.

Viruses mutate constantly, and a surge in infections in a country could result in more opportunities for new versions to emerge. No matter what variant is here, the issue is whether our people are wearing masks and avoiding crowds, said S.M. Alamgir, a senior scientific officer at the government's Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research.

Risks are there to spread the virus because of the holiday rush, he said. The country suspended the administration of second doses of vaccine for three days as the holidays began Thursday, but it will still have to skip about 1.4 million people because of a vaccine shortage.

The crisis began when India banned exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India because of its own devastating surge in infections.

Bangladesh has received only about 7 million doses from the Serum Institute despite a deal for it to supply 30 million doses by June. Bangladesh was forced to suspend administering the first doses of vaccine on April 30. On Wednesday, China sent 500,000 doses of its Sinopharm vaccine to help Bangladesh cope with the shortage.

Bangladesh has also signed a deal with Russia to produce the Sputnik V vaccine locally. Health officials reported 31 deaths and 1,290 new cases on Thursday, for a total of 12,076 deaths and 778,687 confirmed cases since March last year. (AP) 

20:01 (IST)13 May 2021
President extends Eid greetings, urges all to follow Covid-19 guidelines

President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday greeted citizens on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr and urged all to follow rules and guidelines to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and work for the well-being of society and the country.

In his message, the president said, "The auspicious festival of Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, is celebrated as an occasion to strengthen the spirit of fraternity and harmony."

Eid-ul-Fitr is also an occasion to rededicate oneself to the service of humanity and to improve the lives of the people in need, the president said. "Let us all resolve to deal with this pandemic of Covid-19 by following all the rules and guidelines and work for the well-being of society and the country," Kovind said.

"On the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, I extend my best wishes and greetings to all the fellow citizens, especially to the Muslim brothers and sisters," the president said in his message. (PTI)

19:53 (IST)13 May 2021
Jamia VC extends warm greetings to students, teachers on Eid-ul-Fitr

Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) University Vice-Chancellor Najma Akhtar on Thursday extended her warm greetings to students, teaching and non-teaching staff members of the university on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. Saying "better days are on their way", Akhtar in her letter motivated everyone to remain optimistic about the present situation.

"Let us pray together that this Eid fills us with unfailing optimism, positivity and resilience so that we can stand tall and persevere with our crusade to fight the COVID-19 crisis looming large," wrote the professor. "We all know that feeling of intense joy marks the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr. But today our country, combating the pandemic, demands this festival be the celebration of a boundless spirit of courage, confidence, generosity and profound compassion," she added.

The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which wreaked havoc across the national capital, was also behind the demise of several Jamia staff members, alumni, students and their relatives. Akhtar, on the occasion, said her heart goes out to the near and dear ones of those who lost their lives due to COVID-19 and assured them that the university would do everything at their disposal to keep their memories alive and provide all kinds of assistance to their family members. "Each one of them was an integral part of Jamia Biradri, and their irreparable loss can never be fully compensated.

We will do everything at our disposal to keep the memories of the departed souls alive and provide all kinds of assistance to their family members. May God grant the departed souls ranks and stations in heaven! eternal peace, forgiveness and exalted," she said. According to the JMI, more than 20 of its employees, including professors and non-teaching staff members, have lost their lives due to the viral disease. Urging staff members, students and their family members to vaccinate as soon as possible, the 68-year-old professor said she is hopeful "normalcy will return soon" and that they all will "meet again on the campus with its lofty aims and objectives".

"Let us equip ourselves with positivity required for the harmony of mind, body and soul and march ahead keeping abreast of time. I assure you all that the administration will do everything to mitigate the sufferings and facilitate academic pursuits," she added.

Besides a free RT-PCR test camp, the JMI has also organised a free COVID-19 vaccination camp at Dr Ansari Health Centre in collaboration with the District Health Services where two hundred employees of the institute have been vaccinated so far. (PTI)

19:24 (IST)13 May 2021
Try this Eid special recipe from chef Sanjeev Kapoor

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19:21 (IST)13 May 2021
Amid pandemic, people gather on the streets around Jama Masjid

On the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, many people are out on the streets near Delhi's Jama Masjid. 

Police try to manage the crowd in view of COVID-19 pandemic, on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, around Jama Masjid in Delhi. (Source: PTI)
19:09 (IST)13 May 2021
Actor Divya Khosla Kumar extends her warm wishes on the holy occasion

Actor Divya Khosla Kumar took to Instagram to wish her fans while urging everyone to stay safe and take care of their loved ones.

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19:05 (IST)13 May 2021
Abhishek Bachchan extends greetings on this occasion

The actor asked people to wear masks and stay safe while celebrating Eid. 

18:53 (IST)13 May 2021
Singer Jubin Nautiyal wishes 'Eid Mubarak' with a song

"United we stand, Divided we fall. Eid Mubarak," the singer wrote on Twitter, along with a song. 

18:21 (IST)13 May 2021
Actor Anupam Kher extends his wishes on the holy occasion

The actor took to Twitter to wish his fans as the holy month comes to an end.

17:58 (IST)13 May 2021
Here's how the world is celebrating Eid amid pandemic
Albanian Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. (Source: Reuters)

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17:37 (IST)13 May 2021
How to celebrate Eid during the pandemic

World Health Organisation (WHO) tweeted that people should:

*Avoid large gatherings
*Opt for virtual gatherings
*Use outdoor venues or ensure good ventilation when indoors
*Keep physical distancing

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Muslims follow the lunar calendar, and fast and offer prayers for the entire month. They also perform charitable acts like feeding the poor and providing them with alms. Eid is a joyous occasion. On seeing the moon they wish each other 'Eid Mubarak'. The day is marked by wearing new clothes and exchanging gifts. People gather and delicious dishes are cooked.

In India, Eid is usually celebrated a day after the crescent moon sighting in Saudi Arabia, meaning the sighting in Saudi Arabia is considered sacrosanct.


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