Eid celebrations scaled back across the South


Watch: Eid celebrations scaled back across the South


Muslims across the South are being urged to celebrate Eid in a safe way.

The festival will be very different this year with large gatherings both inside and out currently banned by the Government because of Covid-19.

It means family and friends are not able to come together to mark the occasion.

In Canterbury, Friday prayer would ordinarily be held inside the mosque but instead worship happened in the car park.

Hundreds of people were socially distanced and were told to wear masks.

Berkshire Muslim Arab Community Association is holding a virtual prayer online over the weekend.

It's going to be very difficult to gather in small groups.

Soha Hafez, Berkshire Muslim Arab Community Association

It's on a much smaller scale in comparison to the mass gathering they have in Reading with bouncy castles for children to enjoy.Eid happens twice a year and in May the festival fell while the country was in lockdown.

That meant mosques across the region were shut and families had to celebrate within their household.

For Canterbury’s imam today’s socially distanced prayers were even more important.

We're just happy to be here, to celebrate, to perform this ritual

Raffaele Maestri, Imam, Canterbury Mosque