Iranians Celebrate Eid Al-Fitr under Strict Health Protocols
- May, 13, 2021 - 13:11
- Society/Culture news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Muslims in Iran are celebrating Eid al-Fitr on Thursday at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, while the outbreak of the novel coronavirus has forced many worshippers to say the Eid prayers at home or observe strict health protocols in mosques.
After fasting for a month, Muslims took part in Eid prayers across the country early in the morning of the festive occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.
The Office of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei announced that Thursday was Eid al-Fitr after receiving multiple reports from reliable religious scholars and credible sources on the sighting of the crescent moon.
The Eid prayers have over the years been led by Ayatollah Khamenei at the Imam Khomeini Grand Prayer Grounds in Tehran but the event was canceled for the second consecutive year as part of measures put in place to contain the spread of the virus.
This year’s prayers were held in the open campus of Tehran University with a limited number of participants as well as in other mosques in the capital under strict health protocols.
The participants have been requested to observe coronavirus-related guidelines and take containment reassures.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Iran has passed the two-million mark and the total fatalities have gone beyond 75,000.
Vaccination of the most vulnerable groups is underway in the country.
Also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, Eid al-Fitr is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims around the world.
The observance traditionally begins with the sighting of the new moon of the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar.
The solemn festival is a specific day on which Muslims are not permitted to fast.
The holiday celebrates the conclusion of 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The day of Eid falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal.