Eid-ul-Fitr or Eid-al-Fitr, which marks the culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan is being celebrated in full fervour today across India. Traditionally, the holy month of fasting ends with the sighting of the new moon.
Millions of Muslims across the nation offered morning prayers on Friday to celebrate the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr. People across the country were seen hugging each other and lighting firecrackers as they bid adieu to holy month of Ramzan after sighting the moon on Thrusday night.
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-ul-Fitr celebrations. People thank and hug each other, exchange gifts with families and friends, decorate their homes and enjoy food and festivity on Eid.
Eid-ul-Fitr 2013 wishes –
President Pranab Mukherjee
“I extend my greetings and best wishes to my fellow citizens on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. Eid-ul-Fitr marks the culmination of the period of fasting and prayer during the holy month of Ramadan, and infuses in us a sense of brotherhood and spirit of joy.”
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh
“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.”
Vice President M. Hamid Ansari
“The festival celebrated with gaiety and piety all across the country reinforces the timeless message of universal brotherhood, love and compassion. 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. May this auspicious day unite the country and bless us with peace, progress and prosperity.”
Narendra Modi @narendramodi
“Eid Mubarak! May everyone in the country be blessed with happiness, peace, prosperity and good health.”
Amitabh Bachchan @SrBachchan
“Eid Mubarak … love and happiness and peace always..”
Salman Khan @BeingSalmanKhan
“Wish u all a v v v happy eid.”
UK Prime Minister David Cameron
“I send my warmest wishes to Muslims in the UK and overseas as they celebrate the festival of Eid-al-Fitr. After a month of longer summer days fasting, praying and putting aside many of the things that we can take for granted, Muslims will come together with friends and family to celebrate this joyous occasion. I wish you all Eid Mubarak.”
Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister, J & K
“The spirit behind the observance of Eid-ul-Fitr is to express our thanks to Almighty Allah for giving us the courage to observe fast in the month of Ramadhan and rededicate ourselves to the path of truthfulness, sincerity, self-control, patience and human dignity,”
Peoples Democratic Party Patron Mufti Mohammed Sayeed
“The festival brings joy and happiness on the conclusion of the month of Holy Ramadan, a period of fasting, prayer and charity. The festival reminds us of our duties towards the poor and downtrodden as well as the need for charity and generosity towards all.”