Ramadan – a source of happiness during COVID-19

Despite the fact that the lockdown has been imposed, the markets are full with women shopping all around the city.

by Jannat Munir Malik

Celebrated with blessings and joys, the month of Ramadan has arrived. Happiness and excitement is everywhere in Lahore, the joy can be felt in the air in the capital of Punjab province. Shopkeepers have set up bazaars for various dishes during Sehri and Iftar which are specially arranged for Ramadan Kareem. People wait for these bazaars throughout the year, the vibe you get in these days is unmatched. There are different setups for suhoor and iftar. The most sold items during iftaar are samosas, pakoras, fruit chat and dahi ballay. People wait in queue to get their hands on Ramadan specialties, whereas on the other hand, parathas, lassi and dahi are on the top list for suhoor’s menu.

Due to COVID-19, the public has to follow SOPs. They have to maintain 6 feet distance and wear a mask whenever they step out of the house. In Lahore, the shops get closed at 6 pm.  Only tandoors, takeaways and dairy shops are open 24/7. It is must for every shop to follow the given lockdown time period.

Despite the fact that the lockdown has been imposed, the markets are full with women shopping all around the city. There’s so much crowd everywhere that you can’t even think of going out. Public is busy in shopping for Eid as Eid is the most celebrated event of the Muslim community. Women can be seen buying clothes, bangles, mehndi and much more.

Due to the crowd on roads and bazaars, Eid holidays and lockdown are announced from May 8 to May 16 – Eid bazaars will not open this year too. People are busy in shopping according to the timings issued by the government. The bazaars are only crowded till 6pm, after that there is complete silence and sadness in the air, the rush of people is the same as before but still it feels different this year.

Many people are not celebrating Eid this year, many of them lost their closed ones due to COVID-19. For all those, who are celebrating, the government has requested to stay at home and have small gatherings keeping the current state of the COVID-19 in mind.

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