Ramadan 2020 end date: When does Ramadan end, when is Eid this year?
The holy month of Ramadan 2020 will soon be over and Eid Al-Fitr, the celebration of the end of the festival, is due to be marked by Muslims across the world. The observation of Ramadan has been very different this year due to lockdown imposed by the British Government in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.
The UK has been in lockdown since March 23 and the holy month have been observed at home.
Though Eid is traditionally marked with congregational prayers in mosques and parks, followed by huge parties, Muslims are encouraged to celebrate from home this year.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has issued guidance on how to celebrate Eid subject to the lockdown measures in place in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
MCB’s Secretary General, Harun Khan said: “Muslims have shown great resolve throughout Ramadan and this pandemic, adapting to a different way of life and making the best out of the month by attending virtual iftars with friends and family, and live streaming religious services to their homes.
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“Whilst Eid away from the mosques and from our loved ones is unprecedented and will be a source of great sadness in communities across the country, Muslim communities will adapt and find the best way to still celebrate this holy day whilst aligning to the latest guidance.
“Some will pray Eid prayers in families within their households, and virtual gatherings can be arranged to still connect with loved ones.
“As ever, everyone’s number one priority must be to help save lives and celebrating Eid at home is the best way to do this.
“We use this holy day to pray for the safety of our communities and our key workers and a swift an end to this pandemic.”
When does Ramadan end? When is Eid?
Ramadan will end on Saturday, May 23, exactly a month after starting on April 23.
As the holy month ends with the sighting of the crescent moon, it marks the beginning of Eid Al-Fitr.
Eid Al-Fitr marks the beginning of the tenth month in the Islamic calendar, known as Shawwal.
The festival is traditionally celebrated for three days and is a national holiday in most Muslim countries.
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How to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr at home
The celebrations usually begin with early morning prayers, and the rest of the day is dedicated to spending time with friends and family.
This year Muslims are encouraged to celebrate from home, however, there is still option to keep in touch with friends and family.
To wish someone a happy Eid, you can send a text saying “Eid Mubarak” which is Arabic for “blessed Eid.”
Gifts, which are usually exchanged in person, can be sent via post instead.
Feasting also ensues during daylight hours for the first time since before Ramadan, so having a large meal with your household is another way to mark the celebration..
The Muslim Council for Britain also encourages Muslims in England who are not self-isolating to go outdoors with other members of their households as per the updated lockdown restrictions in England.
Muslims in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are to remain indoors.
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