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Eid al-Fitr, The Match II, Memorial Day: 5 things to know this weekend

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Muslims’ Eid al-Fitr celebrations look different this year

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to circle the globe, millions of Muslims around the world will celebrate one of their biggest religious festivals, Eid al-Fitr. Eid al-Fitr is Arabic for “festival of the breaking of the fast,” and this year’s celebrations, which begin on Saturday evening, will look a lot different due to the pandemic. The festival marks the end of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset during Ramadan, a time for spiritual reflection. Typically, Muslims gather at mosques and prayer areas in the morning to perform Eid Prayer and greet each other. Other traditions include visiting friends and relatives, hosting parties and sharing sweets. This year, instead, many Muslims are creating prayer spaces at home.

  • Can’t go to mosque during Ramadan? Families make mini-mosques at home
  • Coronavirus changed the way Muslims celebrate Ramadan

Flags fly at half-staff to honor COVID-19 deaths

U.S. flags on federal buildings will fly at half-staff this weekend to honor those who have died from the coronavirus. Trump announced the order on Thursday, and it comes as the nation approaches 100,000 deaths from the virus. The flags are traditionally lowered on Memorial Day to honor the nation’s fallen members of the military, and that will be the case this Monday, as well.

  • Democrats asked Trump to fly flags at half-staff when death toll reaches 100,000
  • Grim milestone of 100,000 will likely come in May

The Match II is set for Sunday

The trash talking has already began. Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning team up to battle Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in The Match: Champions for Charity on Sunday (TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN, 3 p.m. ET). The event, which will raise at least $10 million for coronavirus relief efforts, will be staged at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida – home course for Woods. Woods and Manning are about a 2-to-1 favorite. 

  • Mickelson: ‘I can’t wait to go to Tiger’s place and take him down’
  • The Match II: Odds, picks and prop bets 

Virtual race planned at Indianapolis

Craving that need for speed? The Indianapolis 500, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, was postponed until Aug. 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. But not to worry, race fans, there’s still plenty of racing. On Saturday, racing legend Mario Andretti and two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso join other motorsport stars in the All-Star Legends Trophy event on a virtual version of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on ESPN at noon.

  • Super Mario: Andretti joins a list of legends participating in the Legends eRace
  • Greatest Spectacle in Racing: What to know about Sunday’s Indy 500 coverage

Forgery, grudges and 10,000 lies: New Lance Armstrong documentary airs

In the first two and a half minutes of the new ESPN film about his life, Lance Armstrong tells a story that includes 13 F-bombs, two other curse words and four obscene hand gestures. And then he really gets going. The first of a two-part ESPN documentary film on Armstrong airs at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday. Part one details the rise of Armstrong, his now-infamous narrative of surviving a near-death battle with cancer to win the Tour de France seven straight times from 1999 to 2005. The film does so mostly in Armstrong’s own words, past and present. 

  • From the director: ‘I was very clear with him that I was going to make the film that needed to be made.’ 

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