HUBBALLI TIMES NEWS DESK
Hubballi: This is perhaps the first time that there was no mass namaz at mosques and Eidgahs across Hubballi-Dharwad as the government has prohibited all kinds of religious gatherings to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Eidgahs in the twin cities wore a deserted look today as members of the Muslim community offered Eid-ul-Fitr namaz at home.
Every year, grand celebrations would mark the day of Eid-ul-Fitr that is celebrated to mark the end of holy month of Ramadan. This time, it was, however, a low-key affair and the festive spirit was missing with Covid-19 casting a shadow on the festival.
Police security was deployed outside the Eidgahs and mosques. Police had beefed up the security at the New Hubli Eidgah (the one located near Chennamma Circle) and did not allow any vehicle to park there.
Some people wore new clothes purchased before the lockdown others chose simple outfits for the day, which is otherwise celebrated by wearing new clothes.
Anjuman e Islam had urged Muslims to celebrate the Eid with simplicity. It had issued an appeal asking people not to buy new clothes and to donate the money for the welfare of the disadvantaged instead.