Let not this holy Eid be the last celebration for you or your family
After the month-long fasting of Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival for Muslims, has arrived. However, unlike other years, the holy festival is coming amidst a pandemic this year.
The number of affected people in Bangladesh has crossed 28000; while more than 400 people died from Covid-19. Let not this holy Eid be the last celebration for you or your family.
In this article, we are going to discuss some ways about how to celebrate Eid safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Precautions for grocery shopping
Before the Eid day, mass people tend to do grocery shopping for the family. Try to order products online and get delivery at your home.
If you find no other way but to visit a grocery shop physically, go to a less crowded store. Wear a mask and gloves. Carry clean tissues and an alcohol-based (60-70%) sanitizer in your bag. Before holding a shopping cart, wipe it with a clean tissue.
Try to maintain at least 6-feet distance from the grocer and other shoppers. If possible, opt for credit card or debit card payment. Sanitize your hand after leaving the grocery shop. After returning home, leave your shoes outside, and drop the grocery bags in a predefined corner of your kitchen. Then wash your hands for at least 20-seconds with soap and running water. After that, disinfect your grocery in proper ways.
Precautions while visiting shopping malls
Shopping for Eid is a favourite ritual of the common people in Bangladesh.
People love to buy gifts for family members and relatives centring on the holy Eid celebration. For Eid-shopping, you don’t need to step outside your home! You can buy clothes, shoes, cosmetics, jewellery, and other necessary items online.
However, if you still want to visit shopping malls, take safety protections, like wearing masks and gloves. Beware of touching the lift-buttons with bare hands. You can use your elbow to push the buttons. While using stairs, try not to touch any railings. Such places are commonly contacted by numerous people. Who knows if any of the visitors might have carried the virus.
Besides, try to avoid touching or trying out clothes at malls. Be careful while taking any food at the mall. If possible, carry your own water bottle and food. And don’t forget to sanitize your hands after leaving the mall. After returning home, leave your shoes outside, and properly wash your hands again.
Precautions for Eid jamaat
The celebration of Eid-al-Fitr starts with a prayer. Every year, Muslim devotees visit mosques to join communal Eid prayers, and exchange greeting. But this year, doctors and authorities are asking people to celebrate Eid in a bit different way for the sake of safety. The government is encouraging the Muslim community to carry out the Eid prayers in their respective homes to prevent the risk of coronavirus contagion.
However, if you are still interested in visiting a mosque for Eid prayers, don’t forget to take the following safety measures:
Perform the ablution (Wudu) – the ritual of purification before prayer – inside your house. Though mosques have a designated place for ablution, touching the metal taps can enhance the risk of virus contagion. Understand that coronavirus can stay alive on the metal surfaces for a longer duration.
Wear face masks and gloves before leaving home.
Carry your Janamaz – (prayer rug) – from home. If not possible, take a piece of clean cloth with you. Then put the cloth over the surface where you are going to place your hands, forehead, and parts of face during the prayer.
Try to maintain at least 6-feet of distance during the prayer. And keep social distance while exchanging greetings with other Muslims following the prayer.
Safety measures for get-togethers
The ritual of Eid prayer is followed by offering treats to relatives, friends, and neighbours. But this year, you should minimize visiting relatives. You can utilize video calling and other technology to greet your relatives while staying at home. However, if you still decide to visit any relative’s place don’t leave your face mask behind.
People of Bangladesh are hospitable. Especially during the Eid festival, people – irrespective of their economic backgrounds – love to treat their relatives and friends with delicious food. You can invite your guests at home. But it would be wise, if you can invite one family at a time, instead of arranging a large family party. Do wear face masks in front of your guests, and encourage them to do the same.
Besides, try to maintain some precautions while serving the food. For instance, the common use of metallic serving spoons can enhance the risk of spreading the virus. You can use separate serving spoons and disposable crockery. Ask your guests to sit sporadically maintaining social distance, instead of clustering. Overall, plan your food arrangement wisely, assuring safety from Covid-19.
The holy Eid brings heavenly bliss for the whole Muslim community. Unlike previous years, let us celebrate this Eid in a different flavour, in a cautious way. Simple precautions can save you, your family, relatives, friends, and neighbours from the Covid-19 pandemic. And, our collective precautions can make the upcoming Eid celebration happier and safer for the whole country. Eid Mubarak!