Photos: India marks a subdued Eid al-Adha amid Covid-19

India celebrates Eid al-Adha, also known as Bakrid, in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that added a layer of thought and precaution over actions as simple as the sharing of festive joy. Leaner congregations, ever-present face masks, and distanced greetings over traditional hugs and visits to homes make for Eid this year. The sharing of sweetmeats and sacrificial offerings that make this Eid special are also not without risk in times shaped by the novel coronavirus.

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Devotees stand in congregation as they offer Eid al-Adha prayers at Jama Masjid in New Delhi on August 1. Concerns brought about by the coronavirus pandemic appeared to have dampened the festive spirit of Eid al-Adha in India with many people keeping indoors. Thinner congregations were seen at mosques that have in previous years hosted crowds spilling on to the streets. (Ajay Aggarwal / HT Photo)

Devotees stand in congregation as they offer Eid al-Adha prayers at Jama Masjid in New Delhi on August 1. Concerns brought about by the coronavirus pandemic appeared to have dampened the festive spirit of Eid al-Adha in India with many people keeping indoors. Thinner congregations were seen at mosques that have in previous years hosted crowds spilling on to the streets. (Ajay Aggarwal / HT Photo)

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Muslim devotees during the sermon and Eid al-Adha prayers at Jama Masjid in New Delhi on August 1. Thermal screenings before entry, signboards requesting people to wear masks and ensure physical distancing while offering namaz, and minimal hugging were witnessed at the Jama Masjid in Delhi, PTI reported. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

Muslim devotees during the sermon and Eid al-Adha prayers at Jama Masjid in New Delhi on August 1. Thermal screenings before entry, signboards requesting people to wear masks and ensure physical distancing while offering namaz, and minimal hugging were witnessed at the Jama Masjid in Delhi, PTI reported. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

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Women offer Eid al-Adha prayers outside a shrine in Jinab Sahab Soura, in Srinagar on August 1. Eid al-Adha or Bakrid is marked by the sacrifice of an animal, a recreation of Prophet Abraham’s sacrifice to Allah as a mark of devotion. Post the sacrifice people distribute the offering to family, friends, and neighbours and especially to the poor and the needy. (Waseem Andrabi / HT Photo)

Women offer Eid al-Adha prayers outside a shrine in Jinab Sahab Soura, in Srinagar on August 1. Eid al-Adha or Bakrid is marked by the sacrifice of an animal, a recreation of Prophet Abraham’s sacrifice to Allah as a mark of devotion. Post the sacrifice people distribute the offering to family, friends, and neighbours and especially to the poor and the needy. (Waseem Andrabi / HT Photo)

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The area outside Bandra railway station in Mumbai wore a deserted look this Eid, in stark contrast to previous years when large congregations have prayed shoulder to shoulder and shared in the festive spirit. (Kunal Patil / PTI)

The area outside Bandra railway station in Mumbai wore a deserted look this Eid, in stark contrast to previous years when large congregations have prayed shoulder to shoulder and shared in the festive spirit. (Kunal Patil / PTI)

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A congregation prays at the Jumma Masjid in Ahmedabad while complying with social distancing on August 1. The new normal dictated by the coronavirus is also casting a shadow on traditional forms of celebration. Visits to relatives and dear ones and the sharing of festive hugs are moves too risky amid fears of possibly spreading infection. (PTI)

A congregation prays at the Jumma Masjid in Ahmedabad while complying with social distancing on August 1. The new normal dictated by the coronavirus is also casting a shadow on traditional forms of celebration. Visits to relatives and dear ones and the sharing of festive hugs are moves too risky amid fears of possibly spreading infection. (PTI)

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Police personnel on patrol near Jama Masjid at Sadar Bazaar on the occasion of Eid al-Adha in Gurugram on August 1. Devotees were not allowed to offer namaz at the mosque due to the coronavirus pandemic. (PTI)

Police personnel on patrol near Jama Masjid at Sadar Bazaar on the occasion of Eid al-Adha in Gurugram on August 1. Devotees were not allowed to offer namaz at the mosque due to the coronavirus pandemic. (PTI)

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A small congregation offers namaz at Gedu Mian's mosque on the occasion of Eid al-Adha in Agartala on August 1. The festival just like Eid al-Fitr after Ramzan, depends on the sighting of the new crescent moon. It begins on the 10th day of the one of the holiest months of the Islamic calendar. (PTI)

A small congregation offers namaz at Gedu Mian's mosque on the occasion of Eid al-Adha in Agartala on August 1. The festival just like Eid al-Fitr after Ramzan, depends on the sighting of the new crescent moon. It begins on the 10th day of the one of the holiest months of the Islamic calendar. (PTI)

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A man is seen with a goat after offering prayers on the occasion of Eid al-Adha in New Delhi on August 1. Just as other businesses, Covid-19 also hit livestock markets that spring up close to the festival. The economic downturn caused by the virus has curtailed people’s abilities to buy sacrificial animals in numbers that could match previous years. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

A man is seen with a goat after offering prayers on the occasion of Eid al-Adha in New Delhi on August 1. Just as other businesses, Covid-19 also hit livestock markets that spring up close to the festival. The economic downturn caused by the virus has curtailed people’s abilities to buy sacrificial animals in numbers that could match previous years. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

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Children greet each other after offering Eid-ul-Adha prayers, at Khairudeen Mosque in Amritsar on August 1. (Sameer Sehgal / HT Photo)

Children greet each other after offering Eid-ul-Adha prayers, at Khairudeen Mosque in Amritsar on August 1. (Sameer Sehgal / HT Photo)

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