|code: 203552||Date: 2010/09/12||source: IRNA|
Report: Eid-ul-Fitr celebrated with traditional fervor across India
Ahlul Bayt News Agency ; Muslims, cutting across age, gathered in large numbers in mosques and Eid-gahs across the country where special Eid prayers were held. They prayed to Allah Almighty to bestow His blessings on humanity and help all men and women to promote a healthy society.
In Delhi, special Eid prayers were held at Historical Jama Masjid, Fatehpuri Mosque, Shia Masjid and Eid-gah in walled city.
Religious scholars while giving sermon called upon the faithful to re-dedicate themselves to lofty Islamic tenets like brotherhood and compassion and strive to foster social and communal harmony.
Greeting the people on the occasion, they said that let Eid-ul-Fitr be another reminder for the believers to uphold the ideals of social and communal harmony.
Later, members of the Muslim community were seen embracing one another and greeting ‘Eid Mubarak’ even as attendants served delicious ‘sheer korma’, the traditional Eid sweet preparation, to the faithful.
Political leaders, celebrities and commoners joined the festivities with joy and enthusiasm and prayed for the community and the country.
Cities and towns across the country pervaded with festive spirit with family visits and exchange of gifts.
In many places, community outfits organised charity and relief programmes to help the poor.
Elaborate security arrangements were made at vital installations, markets and places of worship to ensure peaceful celebrations.
Meanwhile, Eid was celebrated in Kerala and Chennai on Friday while rest of India celebrated the festival on Saturday.
President, Pratibha Patil, Vice President, Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Parliament Speaker, Meera Kumar and UPA Chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, has greeted fellow citizens on the occasion of Idu’l Fitr.
Eid, one of the most beautiful and endearing festivals celebrated by the people across religious lines, is celebrated on the first date of Shawwal, that is, the tenth month of the Hijra calendar.
This is the festival of happiness and a tradition that the people from all religions celebrate it with great fervour.
During the festival, Muslims exchange gifts, greeting their neighbours as a mark of solidarity and brotherhood.
Muslims usually wear new clothes on Eid to offer prayers and greet their friends and families. Eedis (Eid gifts) are frequently given to children and immediate relatives; it is also common in some cultures for children to be given small sums of money (Eidis) by adult relatives or friends. Special food recipes are prepared for the day. Food is donated to the poor and money is granted to the needy.
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