Leicester Muslims urged to celebrate safely as families prepare for a second Eid in Lockdown

Ramadan and Eid al Fitr were both observed under lockdown rules earlier this year

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As Eid al Adha is around the corner, Leicester City Council and community leaders share a message about celebrating safely.

Eid al Adha is the second Eid in the Islamic calendar and known as the Festival of Sacrifice – it is considered the holiest of the two festivals.

This year the religious festival falls between July 30 and August 3 – you can learn more about Eid here.

Earlier this year, Muslims in Leicester and across the UK reinvented ways to spend the holy month and Eid al Fitr celebrations at home.

Once again, Eid will be celebrated under challenging circumstances due to the local lockdown that was implemented after a spike in Covid-19 cases in June.

Families enjoy a spread of delicious food together to celebrate Eid al Fitr, after a month of fasting. (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Families enjoy a spread of delicious food together to celebrate Eid al Fitr, after a month of fasting. (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

While the local lockdown is set to be reviewed by Saturday, August 1, people are being urged to continue to follow the rules.

Eid is normally observed by congregational prayer in mosques or parks it is also a time when families share meals and socialise.

The Federation of Muslim Organisations (FMO) has urged all those celebrating to observe social distancing and try to remain in their family bubble as per government rules.

Suleman Nagdi, the spokesperson for the FMO said, “We are taught by our faith that, we should be particularly careful to protect all of humanity.

“A Muslim is the one from whose tongue and hand people are safe, and the believer is the one who is trusted with the lives and wealth of all people.”

FMO’s affiliate, the Muslim Burial Council of Leicester (MBCOL) has advised people to avoid visiting cemeteries if possible during Eid as they are likely to be busy.

Similarly to measures in place during Eid al Fitr earlier this year, marshals and volunteers will be assisting at cemeteries to ensure social distancing is implemented.

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The second Eid festival of the year which is usually held in Victoria Park was cancelled ahead of Eid al Adha.

Greg Griffiths who runs the management team behind the event previous told LeicestershireLive that is would be “impossible to run at this time”.

On the Scene events in Leicestershire, which hosts the Eid festival is considering health and safety measures for upcoming Eid festivals in 2021.

Leicester City Council’s director of public health, Ivan Browne, said:

“As we continue to do all we can to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Leicester, we are asking anyone celebrating Eid-al-Adha to do so at home and only with members of your own household.

Leicester City Council have been sharing messages with the public to celebrate safely this Eid
Leicester City Council have been sharing messages with the public to celebrate safely this Eid

“Preventing the virus from spreading house-to-house will help to keep us all safe, so please do not go into other people’s houses, or invite them in to yours.

“Salaam or Eid greetings should be given without hugging or shaking hands. If you are meeting people outside, do not meet in groups of more than six people and maintain social distancing at all times.

“If you develop symptoms of coronavirus over Eid, don’t see other people and book a test straight away – go online or call 119.

“Eid Mubarak to anyone celebrating – and thank you for finding new, safe ways to celebrate this year.”

Eid is one of the many religious occasions that have been celebrated under the restrictions of lockdown. Others include Vaisakhi, celebrated by Sikhs, Easter, celebrated by Christians, and Passover, celebrated by the Jewish community.

Another upcoming religious festival which will be affected by social distancing rules is the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan.

Raksha Bandhan celebrates the relationship and duties of brothers and sisters and this year, will fall on August, 3.


Source: Leicestermercury.co.uk

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