India celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr
As the holy month of Ramzan came to an end, Muslims across the world, including India, celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr on Friday with mass prayers at mosques and under the open sky besides feasting and soaking in merriment and warm exchange of greetings even as people from other communities joined the revelry heartily.
The Muslims thronged Eidgahs and mosque and offered prayers as the male members of the community embraced each other to foster brotherhood and spread the message of love and unity.
The picture of celebration was reflected across the country in India.
Earlier, the Muslims across the country waited till Thursday night for that crescent lunar showing which ended the month of Ramzan (the month of fasting for all Muslims from dawn to dusk) and kickstarted the new lunar year.
In Delhi, thousands of devotees assembled at Jama Masjid in the morning to offer their prayers.
The historic mosque welcomes at least 20,000 people on Eid-ul-Fitr each year.
Aroma of Eid dishes wafted in the lanes and streets of old Delhi's Chandni Chowk while the community hit the streets in new clothes.
In Kolkata, the mood of celebrations were seen across the city.
From offering prayer on the Red Road to visits to the mosques, the mood was upbeat everywhere.
Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated across other cities in the country including Mumbai, Lucknow and Kashmir Valley.
The biggest religious festival of the Muslims was equally celebrated in neighbouring Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Indian politicians and celebrities from different walks of life wished the nation on the occasion of festivity.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday greeted the people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
In his message, Singh said that the festival of Eid, which marks the culmination of the holy month of 'Ramzan', is a celebration of the spirit of sharing and brotherhood.
"May this festival bring peace, prosperity and happiness," the Prime Minister added.
Indian Vice President M. Hamid Ansari also greeted the citizens on the occasion, which marks the culmination of the holy month of Ramzan.
Ansari in his message said that the festival celebrated with gaiety and piety all across the country reinforces the timeless message of universal brotherhood, love and compassion.
He said, "I extend my greetings and best wishes to all our citizens on the joyous occasion of Id-ul-Fitr, which marks the culmination of the holy month of Ramzan."
"The festival celebrated with gaiety and piety all across the country reinforces the timeless message of universal brotherhood, love and compassion.
"May this auspicious day unite the country and bless us with peace, progress and prosperity," the Vice President added.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "Eid Mubarak! May everyone in the country be blessed with happiness, peace, prosperity and good health."
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee posted on her Facebook page: "Eid Mubarak to you and your family."
Wishing the nation on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted: "Eid Mubarak to all of you. May this pious day bring peace and prosperity in our lives."
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj said: "Eid Mubarak."
Former top cop turned social activist Kiran Bedi posted on her Twitter homepage: "Very happy EID!May this b one of celebration+resolve to take d country forward Respect all Progressive Forces which stood by Durga's courage."
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) architect Arvind Kejriwal tweeted: "EID mubarak."
Filmmaker Farah Khan said: "Happy birthday 2 the mad,fiesty n fiercely loyal @rohiniyer ..have the best year ever.god bless u."
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar wished his fans and tweeted: "Here's a special Eidi from the team of #OUATIMD to all of you this Eid. Time to say #Bismillah!"
Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit posted on her Twitter homepage: "Eid Mubarak !"
Actress Bipasha Basu said: "Eid mubarak to all!Looking Fwd to some yumminess on set today:)"
Actor Ajay Devgn tweeted: "Eid mubarak! To all! Happy that I'm starting Prabhu Devas new film on such an auspicous day!"
Set up by Prophet Mohammed hundreds of years ago, Eid or Eid ul-Fitr is to celebrate two days by offering gratitude to the God while indulging in merriment and festal splendour.
It is a day of joy, celebration, colours, giving, blessing and stunning aromas that enamour one's senses irrespective of the fact that one follows Islam or not.
The day begins early on Eid with Salatul Fajr (the pre-sunrise prayer), and in keeping with the Sunnah (traditions and actions of the Prophet Muhammad), dental hygiene is taken care of, followed by shower (Ghusul), dressing up in new apparels (or the best available), and application of perfume.
Eid on the last day of Ramadan month is all about breaking the fast and so a customary morning breakfast of dried fruits before the first prayer is followed by much extravagant delicacies.
Gifts are frequently exchanged on Eid (called eidi in some cultures) with the children ending up as the beneficiaries in most case.
The shopping spree ahead of Eid is also quite common, especially among young girls and the market places throughout the country were busy catering to the demand for newer clothes and jewellery.
Culinary delights of the greatest Islamic festival are also legendary and dishes like the "shemai" or "sewayan" (toasted sweet vermicelli noodles) or the famous "Hyderabadi haleem" (a type of meat stew) grab the centre stage with foodies in the audience.
(Posted on 09-08-2013)