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Covid Stifles Muslims' Eid al-Fitr Celebrations For 2nd Year

Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr in a subdued mood for a second year on Thursday as the COVID-19 pandemic again forced mosque closings and family separations on the holiday marking the end of Islam's holiest month of Ramzan.

May 13, 2021

Bangladeshi Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers inside the Baitul Mukarram Mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Muslim devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, marking the end of holy fasting month of Ramadan, during COVID-19 curfew imposed to curb coronavirus cases, in Bhopal.

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Muslim devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, marking the end of holy fasting month of Ramadan, during COVID-19 curfew imposed to curb coronavirus cases, in Bhopal.

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Senior police officer felicitates Jumma Masjid Maulavi Shabbir Alam on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr in Ahmedabad.

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Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi offering namaz at his residence in New Delhi on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

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Jama Masjid wears a deserted look on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, during the ongoing COVID-induced lockdown, in New Delhi.

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Members of a mosque greet police personnel after offering prayers on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr, marking the end of holy fasting month of Ramadan, during the ongoing COVID-induced lockdown, in Varanasi.

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Muslim devotees greet each other after offering prayers on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr, marking the end of holy fasting month of Ramadan, during the ongoing COVID-induced lockdown, at Jama Masjid Khairuddin in Amritsar.

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Jama Masjid wears a deserted look on the occassion of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, during the ongoing COVID-induced lockdown, in New Delhi.

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Juma Masjid wears a deserted look on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr, marking the end of holy fasting month of Ramadan, during the second wave of COVID-19, in Ahmedabad.

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Muslim devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr, marking the end of holy fasting month of Ramadan, during the ongoing COVID-induced lockdown, at their residence in Ajmer.

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Muslim devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr, marking the end of holy fasting month of Ramadan, during the ongoing COVID-induced lockdown in Prayagraj.

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Muslim devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr, marking the end of holy fasting month of Ramadan, during the ongoing COVID-induced lockdown in South Dinajpur district.

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Jama Masjid wears a deserted look on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, during the ongoing COVID-induced lockdown, in New Delhi.

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Muslim devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr, marking the end of holy fasting month of Ramadan, during the ongoing COVID-induced lockdown, at their residence in Coimbatore.

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Members of Jama Masjid offer prayers on the occassion of Eid al-Fitr, while maintaining social distancing norms, during the ongoing COVID-induced lockdown, at Jama Masjid, in New Delhi.

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Muslim devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr, marking the end of holy fasting month of Ramadan, during the ongoing COVID-induced lockdown in Agartala.

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Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari with his son Syed Shaban Bukhari on the occassion of Eid al-Fitr, while maintaining social distancing norms, during the ongoing COVID-induced lockdown, at Jama Masjid, in New Delhi.

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Muslim devotees greet each other on the occassion of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, during the ongoing COVID-induced lockdown, near Jama Masjid in New Delhi.

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Muslim devotees greet each other on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr, marking the end of holy fasting month of Ramadan, during relaxation hours from the ongoing COVID-induced lockdown, at the historic Charminar in Hyderabad.

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People offer prayers during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan at Fatih Mosque in Istanbul.

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A girl is tossed into the air as people gather for Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem. Eid al-Fitr, festival of breaking of the fast, marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

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People perform an Eid al-Fitr prayer in an outdoor open area, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan in Morton Grove, Ill.

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Boys hold balloons after performing an Eid al-Fitr prayer at a mosque in Karachi, Pakistan. Millions of Muslims across the world are marking a muted and gloomy holiday of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan - a usually joyous three-day celebration that has been significantly toned down as coronavirus cases soar.

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People perform an Eid al-Fitr prayer in an outdoor open area in Karachi, Pakistan.

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Muslim devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr to mark the end of Ramadan, during the ongoing COVID- induced lockdown in Thiruvananthapuram.

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People greet each other after Eid-ul-Fitr prayers, during COVID-induced lockdown in Jammu.

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Muslim devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr to mark the end of Ramadan, during the ongoing COVID-induced lockdown to contain spread of coronavirus, at Aali Masjid in Srinagar.

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Muslim devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr to mark the end of Ramadan, during the ongoing COVID-induced lockdown to contain spread of coronavirus, at their residence in Srinagar.

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Muslim devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr to mark the end of Ramadan, during the ongoing COVID-induced lockdown to contain spread of coronavirus, at their residence in Srinagar.

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Head Priest recites sermons on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr to mark the end of Ramadan, during the ongoing COVID-induced lockdown to contain spread of coronavirus, at Aali Masjid in Srinagar.

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People wearing protective masks pray outside the National Mosque while celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festival marking the end the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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People wearing protective masks pray outside the National Mosque while celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festival marking the end the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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People perform Eid al-Fitr prayer marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan on a street in Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia.

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People pray spaced apart to help curb the spread of coronavirus outbreak during an Eid al-Fitr prayer marking the end of Ramadan at Al Akbar mosque in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia.

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People pray spaced apart to help curb the spread of coronavirus outbreak during an Eid al-Fitr prayer marking the end of Ramadan at Al Akbar mosque in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia.

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People wearing masks to curb the spread of coronavirus outbreak perform an Eid al-Fitr prayer marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan on a street in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Women pray during the Eid al-Fitr celebration in Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr prayer that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

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People perform Eid prayers on the first day of Eid al-Fitr holiday outside Abu Hanifa mosque in Baghdad, Iraq. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Muslims' holy fasting month of Ramadan.

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People wearing masks to curb the spread of coronavirus outbreak perform an Eid al-Fitr prayer marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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With the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, in background, men wearing masks to curb the spread of coronavirus outbreak perform an Eid al-Fitr prayer marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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A boy wearing mask to curb the spread of coronavirus outbreak performs an Eid al-Fitr prayer marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, center, attends an Eid al-Fitr prayer at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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