Eid goes virtual amid coronavirus pandemic
For the first time in the Ramadan’s history in Ghana, the huge gathering of people for congregational prayers at the Independence Square to mark the Eid ul-Fitr in Ghana was missing due to the novel coronavirus wreaking havoc globally.
This year, the celebration was marked virtually, as the president of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, together with the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia joined the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu Sharubutu and the leadership of the Muslim community.
The day which was observed in the studios of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) from 9am on Sunday was streamed live for all Muslims in the country.
Muslims have had to fast without the traditional congregational prayers, a difficult sacrifice they had to make in the month of Ramadan due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
The novelty was replicated across the country where Muslims observed the day from their various homes.
Muslim organisations and individuals implored technological and virtual alternatives to keep Eid traditions alive, such as virtual sermons, social media celebrations and online events.
Eid al-Fitr marked the end of the fasting month of Ramadan for Muslims across the globe. People usually celebrate by traveling, visiting family and gathering for lavish meals, and in some cases musical concerts, all of which was conspicuously missing, due to the measures put in place by the government to contain the virus.
Eid is normally celebrated after a month of fasting, spiritual renewal, forgiveness and the expression of gratitude to Allah.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme