India Celebrates Eid Al Adha Amid COVID-19, PM Modi And President Ram Nath Kovind Extend Wishes

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On the 21st of July, India is celebrating Eid Al Adha, also known as Bakrid.

Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al Adha, also known as Bakra Eid, Bakrid, Eid Qurban or Qurban Bayarami to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s absolute dedication to Allah, with the significance of the “feast of sacrifice.” It is to be noted the celebration is on the 10th day of Zul Hijjah, also the last (12th) month of the Islamic Calendar. It is also the month of pilgrimage, for performing the Hajj in Mecca.

This year, the celebration is different with less gatherings, face masks and mandatory social distancing. In the wake of the Wuhan virus, also known as the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, respective state governments issued notifications and asked individuals to offer prayers with all COVID-19 protocols.

In states and union territories like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh gatherings are limited to 50 or less at mosques. Many authorities even asked devotees to offer prayers at homes, due to the ongoing second wave and the possible third wave of the Wuhan virus.

On the occasion of Bakrid, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and the President of India Mr. Ram Nath Kovind took to Twitter and extended greetings.

Mr. Narendra Modi in his tweet said, “Eid Mubarak!

Best wishes on Eid-ul-Adha. May this day further the spirit of collective empathy, harmony and inclusivity in the service of greater good.”

President Ram Nath Kovind said, “Eid Mubarak to all fellow citizens. Eid-uz-Zuha is a festival to express regard for the spirit of love and sacrifice, and to work together for unity and fraternity in an inclusive society. Let us resolve to follow COVID-19 guidelines and work for the happiness of all.”

The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and the Telangana Chief Minister also extended Bakrid greetings to the people.

Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of A.P., said the occasion is the symbol of grace and unity. In his tweet, he said, “My greetings to Muslims who celebrate Bakrid meditating upon the sacrifice of holy prophet Ibrahim.”

In the wake of the Novel Coronavirus, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao and the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy announced a limited number of gatherings and urged people to follow COVID-19 rules.

Meanwhile, in the two Telugu states, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the celebration is said to be a low key affair.

In Andhra Pradesh, the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) Government restricted prayers at open places. In addition, at mosques residents are allowed to offer namaz with 50 % occupancy, following social distance, wearing face masks and sanitization. The devotees were also asked to carry their own mats and other necessary things, due to COVID-19.

The situation was similar in Telangana, with less number of gatherings and people following COVID-19 protocols strictly.

Stay tuned for further updates.

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