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People across India celebrate Eid with much gusto

Eid-ul-Fitr was welcomed with great fervour and gaiety across the antion. This year, the festival that marks the end of the period of fasting in the holy month of Ramzan falls on a Friday, making it special.

delhi Updated: Aug 09, 2013 11:24 IST

The day began on a pleasant note in the national Capital as Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated on Friday. Light rain and cool winds made for ideal conditions for festivity.

The festival was welcomed in Mumbai with great fervour and gaiety. This year, the festival that marks the end of the period of fasting in the holy month of Ramzan falls on a Friday, making it special.

Lakhs of Muslims clad in traditional attire trooped out at dawn to the nearest mosque to offer the thanksgiving "khutba" or special Eid namaaz.

"This year, the prayers were conducted mainly in the big and small mosques, many of which had erected special marquees to protect the devout from unpredictable rains," Zafar said.

The morning prayers would be followed by similar special Friday prayers later in the afternoon.

"For the first time in many years, Eid-ul-Fitr falls on a Friday, making the occasion twice as auspicious for all Muslims," Shabbir Somji, senior member, Khoja Asla Ashri Jamaat, told IANS.

Soon after the "khutba", Muslims greeted each other with "Eid Mubarak" and hugged inside the mosques.

Then, the first celebrations started with a bowl of "sheer-korma", the special Eid sweet preparation made of milk, vermicelli and lots of dates, assorted dry fruits and saffron, eaten with relish and served to visitors through the day.

Elsewhere in Maharashtra, traditional pomp and enthusiasm marked Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations in Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Pune Nashik, Aurangabad, Beed, Latur, Nanded and other districts in the state.

Shortly after the sighting the Eid moon Thursday night, mosques and other religious places came alive with colourful fairy lights, decorations of with flags, flowers and festoons to herald the joyful festival.

Maharashtra governor K Sankaranarayanan, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, state Congress chief Manikrao Thakre, AICC general secretary in-charge of the state Mohan Prakash, AICC general secretary Gurudas Kamat and AICC secretary Sanjay Nirupam were among the prominent people sending out Eid-ul-Fitr greetings.

Meanwhile, heavy security was deployed in all Muslim pockets in Mumbai and other parts of the state to ensure peaceful celebrations.