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SRINAGAR: A spirit of bonhomie and festive cheer marked Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations across Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday as people exchanged greetings and large gatherings were seen at mosques and religious shrines for taking part in the observances.
In Srinagar, Hazratbal shrine saw a congregation of more than 60,000 people offering the morning prayers with Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and his predecessor Omar Abdullah present among the devout.
After Hazratbal, the second-largest congregation, of 50,00 people, had gathered at the Eidgah to offer prayers. Large gatherings were reported in the Baramulla and Anantnag districts headquarters as well.
Top separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Khan and Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai were placed under house arrest as a precautionary measure, the officials said.
Jammu observed Eid-ul-Fitr amidst festive gaiety and goodwill in as members of other communities offered greetings to their Muslim friends outside several mosques in the city.
Eid prayers were offered at different mosques across Jammu city, including the Jama Masjid and Eidgah in Jammu.
Lauding the gesture by the members of other communities, Ali Mohammed, a resident of Wazarat Road said, “It is really a goodwill gesture and we reciprocate their warm feelings. This Eid, we pray to almighty Allah for love and brotherhood between all.”
The festival of Eid was celebrated today, marking the culmination of the holy fasting month of Ramzan.
However, the state also reported some stray incidents of stone-pelting on security personnel amidst security measures which saw top separatist leaders being placed under house arrest ahead of the festival, which marks the culmination of the holy fasting month of Ramzan.
In New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh extended Eid-ul-Fitr greetings to the people with the former saying that the “festival epitomises values of brotherhood and harmony in society”.
Bollywood stars, too, spread the cheer and took to social media to extend Eid greetings to their fans and peers.
In the national capital, hundreds of faithful turned up at historic Jama Masjid, Fathepuri Masjid, Hazrat Nizamuddin and other mosques to offer prayers.
Soon after the Namaz was over, people hugged each other as per the tradition and mosques reverberated with cries of “Eid Mubarak”. People were seen exchanging gifts and indulging their taste buds on special dishes, particularly ‘Sewayian’ and different varieties of Biryani and Kebabs.
Elders gave ‘Eidee’ (token money) to children. People visited relatives and gave alms to the needy.
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