Nation celebrates Eid with warmth

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New Delhi: Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan, is being celebrated across the country on Saturday.As the moon was sighted in Hyderabad, Bihar, Manipur, Karnataka, Assam and Tamil Nadu yesterday, Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari announced last evening that Eid would be celebrated on Saturday.

Ramzan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is observed as a fasting period by Muslims who abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset and it culminates in Eid celebrations.President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have extended their Eid wishes to the people.

“On the joyous occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, I convey warm greetings and good wishes to my fellow citizens, particularly to all Muslim brothers and sisters… Let us on this day forgive and forget our difference,” Mukherjee said.

“The holy month of Ramzan is coming to an end. People are waiting for Eid. The country and the world will celebrate Eid. I extend hearty greetings on this occasion,” Modi said.

In his message, Ansari said, “May the noble ideals that mark Eid-ul-Fitr enrich our lives with peace, prosperity and harmony and unite us all in the spirit of humanity.”

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