Now it’s time for Eid, the festival of breaking the fast. WCCO’s David Schuman spoke to Muslims about why celebrating this important holiday is even more special after the pandemic year (1:52).
REPORTER 1: The Muslim holiday of Ramadan, with the month of fasting that goes along with it, all comes to an end tonight.
REPORTER 2: And now it’s time for Eid, the festival of breaking the fast. David Schuman spoke to Muslims about why celebrating this important holiday is even more special after the pandemic year.
DAVID SCHUMAN: On a holiday like Eid, lots of people want to look their best.
FAYSAL OSMAN: They get their hands done, nails done, everything done, man.
DAVID SCHUMAN: For Faysal Osman, that means a busy week at his nomadic, oasis barbershop in Minneapolis. Faysal’s fasted every day from sunup to sundown for the last month.
Now that it begins Tuesday night, the fast is over.
FAYSAL OSMAN: The family get together and the kids get to play and do a lot of other stuff. And finally, we can eat again.
DAVID SCHUMAN: Dressing up for the celebrations also makes for good business at Chantey’s Plaza in Egen.
MELESHA TULSI: Hello! What can I help you guys with today?
DAVID SCHUMAN: Melesha Tulsi’s family owns the store. And even though she’s not Muslim, her grandfather is, and she celebrates with him.
MELESHA TULSI: They take their family out to the Mall of America, value fair, wherever they want as a family time. Obviously we’re in COVID right now. Can’t really do much, so a lot of people, or families this year, will be celebrating at home, cooking with their family. That’s what we do every year.
DAVID SCHUMAN: Faysal says he’ll be bringing his kids to an outside prayer, which is in line with the Department of Health’s Eid safety recommendations.
FAYSAL OSMAN: There’s get together for the morning prayer and there’s a lot of concern about this COVID and where it should be held. Or are they– are we going to do it outside or inside? What’s safe?
DAVID SCHUMAN: Even with the precautions, Wednesday marks another step toward normalcy.
MELESHA TULSI: And it is a big deal. I mean, for many people, for whoever is, like, fasting for those 30 days, it’s that one day we, celebrate that accomplishment.
FAYSAL OSMAN: Like Christmas, if you want me to put it in, like, a term that everybody understands.
DAVID SCHUMAN: David Schuman, WCCO 4 News.
REPORTER 2: Mosques and other places of worship are open at full capacity in Minnesota with masks and distancing required inside.