Eid 2021: When will celebrations commence in South Africa?
If you’re looking for Eid 2021 dates and details regarding the upcoming celebrations, you’ve come to the right place.
As Muslims all around the world gear up for Eid 2021 or Eid al-Fitr, there are some key details that one needs to be aware of – firstly when it will take place and how it will be celebrated. Eid is known to many as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast” and is considered a religious holiday whereby Muslims mark the end of the holy month, Ramadan.
The dates for Eid vary based on when the new moon is sighted by local religious authorities, however, it will most likely be celebrated later this week in South Africa.
WHEN IS EID 2021 IN SOUTH AFRICA?
In South Africa, Eid will most likely begin in the evening of Wednesday 12 May and end in the evening of Thursday 13 May 2021.
As previously reported by The South African, Eid is celebrated twice a year to recognise two distinct events. Eid al-Fitr marks the occasion when the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. It is known as the “lesser” or “smaller” Eid.
Eid al-Adha, on the other hand, will most likely be celebrated from Monday 19 July to Friday 23 July 2021. It commemorates the story of how God commanded Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail as a test of faith.
HOW WILL IT BE CELEBRATED AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF COVID-19?
While Eid 2021 will still take place against the backdrop of COVID-19, it may have to be celebrated a little differently this year. While the day consists of acts of charity, an Eid prayer and visiting family members, friends and holding celebrations at home, those celebrating have been told to exercise caution as the pandemic is still very much with us.
According to the Sunday Tribune, Vice-president of the Islamic Medical Association of South Africa, Dr Shoyab Wadee, said those celebrating need to be responsible in terms of social distancing, wearing of masks, sanitising and avoiding large gatherings.
“There should be no hugging. While we know the Eid prayer is compulsory, we are asking people to have multiple prayers with smaller groups in outdoor arenas. Families getting together also need to restrict their numbers,” said Wadee.
“The virus has not gone from the community. We are seeing numbers are starting to increase again. We don’t have sufficient evidence that we are specially protected,” Wadee added.