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Iranians mark 1st Eid al-Fitr without COVID-19 curbs

Yusef Jalali
Press TV, Tehran

The holy month of Ramadan is over and Muslims are celebrating it in one of the most important festivities in Islam, that is, Eid al-Fitr. The Eid concludes one month of fasting and typically opens with congregational prayers to bid farewell to Ramadan.

Visiting parents is a feature of Eid for some Iranian families. But that was significantly curbed since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Every year on Eid al-Fitr, every Muslim who affords should pay charitable donations, called Zakat al-Fitr, to help those in need. This helps spread the happy mood of Eid al-Fitr among the poor.

Eid al-Fitr falls on the first day of the lunar month of Shawwal. The beginning of Shawwal is decided based on the sighting of the moon the day before.

Iran sighted the Eid al-Fitr crescent on Monday, but other countries such as Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Turkey marked the festivity earlier.

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