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Low-key celebrations mark Eid

NT NETWORK 

Panaji/Valpoi

Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated in the state on Monday with Muslim devotees offering namaz at their homes, amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

No mosque in the state held namaz following advisory from the Association of All Goa Muslim Jamats urging the Muslim devotees to stay indoors as a part of social distancing and offer prayers.

There are around 100 mosques in Goa including Safa Masjid, at Ponda and Jama Masjid in the city.

The Association had appealed to the Muslim devotees to follow the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs as regards restrictions on crowding and importance of social distancing, during the ongoing lockdown.

After offering the namaz, the Muslim brethren chose to exchange wishes using cell phones and social media.

Meanwhile, like other parts, Muslims in Valpoi too celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr by following lockdown norms. 

With COVID pandemic-triggered lockdown and related restrictions being in force in the state, Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations were a low-key affair among the Muslim families in Valpoi.

Owing to MHA guidelines, all mosques are shut and travel restrictions are in place and hence families restricted their celebrations to their homes.

“We offered namaz along with our family members and prayed for end of the pandemic and protection of our state, nation and the world at large,” said Anwar Shaikh, an elderly resident.

Another resident said that they all missed the fervour of Eid celebration this year. “Due to social distancing, we could hardly invite anyone at home. We missed our friends who used to visit us every Eid,” said a college student Shahin Shaikh. 

After Eid namaz, Muslims visit ‘kabrastan’ and offer prayers and flowers to the souls of their relatives.

This time, no vendors were present in Valpoi to sell flowers on Eid day. “This time we did not offer Eid namaz at Eidgah or masjid. Like every year we offer flowers to the buried family members but this time there were no vendors selling flowers in Valpoi,” stated a local. 

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