Across the city in Vizag Eid Ul Adha celebrated with low key affair. The festival is celebrated on the 10th of Dhu al Hijjah of the twelfth and last month of Islamic calendar. In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, low turnout witnessed at the Eid ul Adha prayers at the Eidgahs including the biggest Maslake Ala Hazrath near Gajuwaka- Scindia road in the city. Similarly, at important mosques like Mecca Masjid at Jagadamba, Mohammedi Masjid in Yendada, Masjid-E-Noorani near the Visakha Valley school and other mosques, the Eid-ul-Adha prayers happened at staggered timings with a gap of 30 minutes each for maintenance of social distancing norms.
The AP Wakf Board had issued guidelines and advised people to observe social distancing during the prayers at the mosques. It also asked the elderly and the children to offer prayers at their homes only. Following the AP Wakf Board advisory, many mosques across the city are made multiple “Jamaat” (congregations) and are planned short sermons. For instance, at the Mecca Masjid near Jagadamba, the first congregational prayers started at 6.15 am, next at 7 am and the last at 8 am. Similar timings are being followed at other mosques in the city to avoid crowding. The management committees of the mosques asked the people to carry their own prayer rugs and do ablution at their homes before coming for the prayers.
“The Ramzan festival was celebrated amidst the lockdown and shops were closed. So, now, people are now coming to purchase new clothes. However, the business remains dull with only a few customers daring or affording to purchase clothes,” said MA Salim, an apparels store owner at Jagadamna. Crowds were visible at bakeries where people were buying bread to make the “double ka meetha” for Eid alongside the Biryani.
The livestock markets across the city received a lukewarm response due to the pandemic. Traders pointed out that the cattle/sheep from adjoining States of did not arrive this time. Nevertheless, several thronged the livestock sale points and purchased the sacrificial animal. A sheep weighing 14 kg on average was sold for Rs 9,000 in the city. Meanwhile the police are making elaborate security arrangements in the city and Eidgah to prevent any gatherings. Police pickets are posted at different sensitive places and religious places as a preventive measure.
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