JEDDAH: Many particular Eid-related traditions have been damaged this yr as households are compelled to remain house due to coronavirus restrictions. However know-how has come to the rescue with many counting on video calls to convey relations and family members nearer. 

Eid Al-Fitr is the event Saudis look ahead to most — attending Eid prayers on the neighborhood mosque, sporting new garments, the scent of frankincense across the house, and gathering with cousins at grandparents’ homes decked out with lights and decorations to mark the joyous event. 

Because the Kingdom endures a nationwide lockdown to curb the unfold of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), many Saudis are refusing to permit the pandemic to interrupt their spirits throughout Eid. Household gatherings or not, the usage of video-calling functions is protecting households shut and family members even nearer.

Amongst these protecting Eid traditions alive, 27-year-old Mohammed Khayat has discovered a approach to join together with his household who reside exterior Jeddah. Utilizing Zoom, a well-liked videoconference platform, he has created a enjoyable competitors with relations. 

“There will probably be two containers; one with straightforward questions, the opposite one with tough questions. An instance from the primary field can be ‘act out a tune, and if somebody guessed it proper, you win.’ Or ‘When was Jeddah based?’ or ‘Who’s the 17th grandson of my grandmother?’” he informed Arab Information.

Khayat highlighted the intense aspect of Eid through the pandemic with everybody out there for a digital gathering.

“It’s going to be enjoyable, as a result of not all relations are often current in most of our Eid celebrations on the identical time. Many reside in several cities and even exterior the Kingdom. Sure, it’s going to be on-line, however it’s an excellent probability for everybody to assemble on the identical time.”

Lujain Al-Jehani, 26, plans to placed on her finest garments and revel in Eid regardless of the worldwide despair.

“We’re going to put on our Eid garments, gown up, put make-up on, and do our hair and nails. We’re cleansing the home and making ready the whole lot as we all the time do in Eid, however we’re not anticipating any company this yr. It’s simply us household collectively,” she informed Arab Information.

Earlier than the pandemic, Al-Jehani often spent Eid together with her cousins, usually spending the complete day at her grandmother’s home to benefit from the festivities. This yr, Al-Jehani mentioned that she and her household will maintain their spirits excessive as a result of “it’s nonetheless Eid.”

“I’m going to be spending high quality time with my household at house. We’ll play boardgames, take heed to music, have breakfast collectively and hold some Eid decorations. We wish to do our Eid traditions inside our household as a result of it’s nonetheless Eid. We’ll get pleasure from spending Eid with our household. Thank God, we’re in good well being and we’re collectively.”

 

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