Aug 2, 2020 - World

In photos: Eid al-Adha celebrated during coronavirus pandemic

Rows of people kneel in prayer
Morning prayers at the Jama Masjid mosque on Aug. 1 in New Delhi, India. Photo: Naveen Sharma/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Eid al-Adha, a major Muslim festival, was observed by thousands over the weekend — although the coronavirus pandemic has thwarted traditional celebrations.

The big picture: The United Arab Emirates closed mosques for Eid prayers, the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia was scaled down, Oman reinstated a nighttime curfew, and Lebanon and Iraq recently entered two-week lockdowns, the Wall Street Journal reports.

  • The pandemic had made it "harder for many to fulfill the religious tradition of purchasing livestock" for the Feast of Sacrifice, PBS reports.
  • Muslims around the world stayed at home or with relatives for the holiday.

Of note: Some of the earliest outbreaks of the virus were traced to religious services or pilgrimages. Countries including Saudi Arabia "reported a big jump in cases following the Eid al-Fitr festival in May after restrictions were eased," WSJ reports.

  • The Saudi Health Ministry said that no coronavirus infections have been reported from the small number of pilgrims allowed to perform the hajj this year, per PBS.
Rows of men wear face masks and kneel
Morning prayers at the Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi, India, on Aug. 1. Photo: Naveen Sharma/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
A shirtless man and woman take a selfie while sitting on a beach
A Palestinian couple at the Dead Sea on Aug. 2 during the Eid al-Adha holiday. Photo: Hazem Bader/AFP via Getty Images
A crowd of socially distanced people pray in an outdoor square
Morning prayer at Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, on Aug. 2. Photo: Islam Yakut/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
 A child wears a purple face mask while praying outside
Morning prayers at the Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi, India, on Aug. 1. Photo: Naveen Sharma/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
A group of workers tan animal hides
Raw hides of sacrificial animals in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Aug. 1. Photo: Ahmed Salahuddin/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Rows of people stand in white clothing before prayer
Prayer in Dhaka on Aug. 1. Photo: Ahmed Salahuddin/NurPhoto via Getty Images
A family sits cross legged around a table eating
A Kashmiri Muslim family enjoys lunch on Aug. 1 in Srinagar, India. Photo: Yawar Nazir/Getty Images
Rows of people kneel in prayer on a dock surrounded by water
Prayer in flood-affected area near Dhaka on Aug. 1. Photo: Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Two young girls in makeup and dresses lean against a blue wall
Two Rohingya girls in new clothes at the refugee camp in New Delhi, India, on Aug. 1. Photo: Amarjeet Kumar Singh/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

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