Ramzan Amid Corona: Eid like no other, COVID-19 dampens festivities in Old Delhi
On the occasion of Jumat-ul-Vida, the last Friday of the ongoing holy month of Ramzan, a select group of people offered namaz at Delhi's Jama Masjid ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, while adhering to social distancing following relaxations in the fourth phase of the COVID-19 lockdown.
New Delhi: On the occasion of Jumat-ul-Vida, the last Friday of the ongoing holy month of Ramzan, a select group of people offered namaz at Delhi's Jama Masjid ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, while adhering to social distancing following relaxations in the fourth phase of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Delhi:Vegetable&fruit sellers in Daryaganj say that there is no excitement about Eid as celebrations have been marred by the pandemic. Haseen Malik,a seller says,"There is no fervour of Eid. There is some demand for fruits as it is summer but most of businesses are down".#COVID19 pic.twitter.com/nRuPt1oLKc— ANI (@ANI) May 23, 2020
"A large number of people wanted to offer prayers today but we told them they should do so from their homes. Only the staff of the mosque and a few members of the family offered prayers here," Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid said.
The coronavirus pandemic has also marred the excitement of Eid for the vegetable and fruit vendors in neighbouring Daryaganj.
Jammu&Kashmir: People made purchases at garment&footwear shops ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr,in Poonch. A buyer, Zulfkar says, "I've come to buy dresses for my children. Govt has allowed shops to remain open from 10 am to 5 pm. We're trying to complete our shopping&go home early". (22.05) pic.twitter.com/WomfgZ4r7f— ANI (@ANI) May 23, 2020
The fourth phase of nation-wide lockdown extended till May 31, began from Monday in which markets and shops were allowed to open. However, due to persisting fear of COVID-19, the sale of products is yet to pick pace. Unlike each year, the market lacks the sheen this Eid with no bustle and people cautious about venturing out.
Salim, who has been selling cheese and curd in the market for the last 35 years, told ANI, "I have never seen such an Eid. There is an atmosphere of fear in the minds of people."
Another fruit seller Haseen Malik said that "During the month of Ramadan, most people relish fruits such as musk melon, sweet lemon and watermelon so there is some demand for it. But there is no excitement for Eid this year. The sale has been at an all-time low because of the lockdown."
In the wake of the festival and to ensure social distancing, Delhi Police has made elaborate security arrangements. (ANI)