A man plays with fire next to a festive Ramadan float as it drives through a street in East Jerusalem to bring celebrations to people under the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) movement restrictions, May 3, 2020. Picture taken on May 3, 2020 REUTERS/ Ammar Awad
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Fire leapt from the masked performer’s twirling baton as the festive Ramadan float drove through the back streets of East Jerusalem, with children cheering and parents watching from balconies.
On the side of the wagon was the message – “Stay at home in your house. Ramadan deserves it.”
Fear of the coronavirus has dampened the mood of the holy month in Jerusalem, as elsewhere, forcing Muslims to rethink traditions and find new approaches to religious and social rituals.
Amid movement restrictions, partial lockdowns and the suspension of public prayers at mosques – including Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock – Al-Baha youth group realised there was little chance of audiences returning soon to…
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