Eid el-Fitr, the feast for the breaking of the fast that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, will take place on Sunday, the French Council of Muslim Worship (CFCM) announced on Friday evening. He recalled that due to “the context of a pandemic”, Eid prayer could not take place in mosques.
A constituent federation of the CFCM, the Rassemblement des Muslims de France, “calls to celebrate the Eid prayer at home, individually or collectively in the restricted family circle”. As since the beginning of containment, in fact, the mosques are still closed. Ramadan, the fourth pillar of Islam, which began in France on April 24, was largely lived at home, the Muslim authorities discouraging any gathering.
Religious ceremonies with audience will not resume until June
The CFCM also notes in its press release “the recommendation of the medical-scientific authorities and the public authorities” to resume religious ceremonies with the public “in June, to better analyze the effects of the lifting of confinement on May 11 on the health situation of our country”.
The CFCM determine each year the start and end dates of Ramadan based on the observation of the lunar crescent, in accordance with the choice made by the main Arab-Muslim countries. Eid el-Fitr, or Eid el-Seghir (small festival) is one of the two most solemn dates of the Muslim calendar with the other Eid, Eid el-Kebir, the great festival or celebration of sacrifice. It is traditionally an occasion for family celebratory meals, visits to loved ones and the exchange of gifts.
France has between five and six million practicing and non-practicing Muslims, according to the latest studies on the subject, which makes Islam the country’s second religion. And makes the French Muslim community the first Muslim community in Europe.