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Ramadan during a global pandemic

Of all the aspects that Covid-19 negatively affected, one of the most relevant has been religion, especially for Muslims, who had to live Ramadan with restrictions and social distancing.

Measures to slow down Covid-19 have changed how the holy month of fasting was usually observed. As mosques have been closed, worshippers had to pray alone in their houses every day, getting in touch with their communities through phone and video calls.

Eid al-Fitr is the big celebration which marks the end of Ramadan. In some countries, mosques reopened for the occasion and Muslims were able to attend prayers together, with the right precautions. In other countries where this was not possible, people had to do this all by themselves. This celebration is generally marked with friends and family who feast and eat all together.

Some say they didn’t feel the spirit of the Eid at all, because it was dampened by minimal interaction.

One thing is certain: this year’s Ramadan will be remembered as one of hardship and restrictions. However, what’s important is that most of Muslims succeeded in celebrating their main holiday, in one way or another against all odds.

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