Tue, 03 Aug 2021

KUWAIT CITY, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Kuwaitis usually celebrate the Eid al-Fitr festival by holding prayers early in the morning, giving "Eidiyah," money usually given to children by elder relatives, and enjoying family gatherings.

However, this year, many Kuwaitis find themselves forced to celebrate the festival with more limited options due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the gradual normalization of life in Kuwait, many activities and businesses are still suspended. Also, Kuwait imposed a travel ban for citizens not vaccinated against COVID-19, as non-Kuwaitis are still prevented from entering the country.

Abu Abdullah, owner of some chalets, said the private chalets are fully booked, and the rent is expensive during the holiday season, as there are not many other places for Kuwaiti families to go.

Kuwait citizen Ali Al-Badr said that he chose to practice family rituals by having breakfast together with the family members in the morning of the Eid.

During the past few days, beauty salons have been bustling with customers, where women and men wait for hours in preparation for Eid.

Suad Atallah, who works in a women's salon, said since the government approved the resumption of salons, her salon has been crowded with people these days.

Sawsan Muhammad, a worker in one of the shops in Al Kout Mall, said that most people celebrate the Eid, eating cookies and preparing special kinds of breakfast, but this is not the case for workers in the shopping malls. She still needs to be on duty during festival.

For his part, citizen Talal Al-Ghamdi said that children will be deprived of their usual joy of Eid this year, as the entertainment places are still closed, and some children may not be able to get much Eidiyah because of social distancing and travel ban.

Kuwait's government has lifted the partial curfew from the first day of Eid al-Fitr festival, while all commercial activities are suspended from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m., except for pharmacies, food marketing outlets, restaurants, and maintenance services.

Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to receive orders but only for takeaways at their doorstep.

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