Egypt welcoming Eid Al-Fitr

Tomorrow will remark the first day of Eid Al-Fitr, the country’s institution for religious edicts Dar El-Iftaa announced on Friday.

Muslims worldwide are ready to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr in a festive atmosphere after fasting Ramadan, the most spiritual month in the Muslim calendar.

Eid Al-Fitr or the feast of breaking the fast is a three-day religious holiday marking the end of Ramadan. Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

The festival was originated by the Islamic prophet Muhammad. It is observed on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal at the end of Ramadan, during which Muslims undergo a period of fasting.

This year, Muslims in Egypt and around the world are witnessing the religious feast amid unprecedented restrictions and preventative measures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The country has prolonged the curfew hours during the religious holiday, bringing forward its start to 5 pm instead of 9 pm, as part of its bid to curb the spread of the contagion.

The Eid’s measures include shutting malls and parks and suspending public transport.

The suspension of public transport includes mass transit, underground metro, public buses and intercity trains nationwide. Those who violate the measures face fines of up to EGP 4,000 ($252) or imprisonment.

The mass Eid Al-Fitr prayers will be performed at home this year as mosques continue to be closed.