In Photos: Here’s How India Said ‘Eid Mubarak’

Millions of people across the country celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr on Saturday, 16 June, as it marks the end of the holy month of Ramzan. Kerala, the only state in India to have an early start to the festival, celebrated Eid on Friday, 15 June.

People celebrated this auspicious occasion by offering prayers, visiting relatives and friends and even exchanging greetings and sweets. Many also distributed clothes and fruits to the poor.

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Jama Masjid Witnessed The Largest Crowd

In Delhi, thousands of Muslims turned up at the Jama Masjid, Makki Masjid, Fatehpuri Masjid, Masjid Jamia Milia Islamia, Masjid Faiz-e-Illahi and other mosques to offer Eid prayers before starting their celebrations. But the biggest congregation of them all was witnessed at the Jama Masjid, instead of the Azad Maidan on account of rain fears.

Besides mosques, homes in many Muslim areas were illuminated and decked up with colourful fairy lights and flowers.

Muslims offer namaz at the historic Jama Masjid on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr, in New Delhi.
Indian Muslims greet and hug each other after offering Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi.

In Uttar Pradesh, too, lakhs of Muslims celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr with traditional fervour. The celebrations were led by Governor Ram Naik, who visited the Aishbagh Eidgah in Lucknow. Former Indian cricketer Mohd Azharuddin offered prayers at the Eidgah in Moradabad.

In Telangana, Muslims offered Eid prayers at Eidgah or open grounds and mosques in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad and in other towns. Attired in new clothes and wearing skull caps, men and children thronged Eidgah and mosques since morning.

Women Joined Hands To Worship Allah

Muslim women also offered prayers at different mosques across the country.

Muslim women offer namaz on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr at Idgah in Lucknow.
An Indian Muslim girl, hands decorated with henna offers Eid al-Fitr prayers at Eidgah in Allahabad.

The shopping for Eid continued throughout the night and till Saturday morning. Markets around historic Charminar in the old city and other parts of Hyderabad were abuzz with shopping.

Other parts of the country including Gujarat, Bihar, Assam and Tamil Nadu too reported Eid celebrations, with prayers and people hugging each other in mosques, marquees, halls and homes, sharing greetings of 'Eid Mubarak' and offering each other the Eid dish 'Sheer-Korma'.

Children Had The Time Of Their Life

But the children had the best time on this occasion. From dancing to tunes, posing for selfies to playing in circles, they celebrated Eid with abandon.

Children in tricolor dresses walk on Red Road after Eid-ul-Fitr prayer in Kolkata.
Indian Muslims girls hug each other after offering prayers on Eid-al-Fitr in Allahabad.
Children celebrate on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr at Jama Masjid in Delhi.

Politicians Show Unity

Leaders across the political spectrum shared greetings and offered namaz in different places. From the Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, the politicians greeted Muslims on the occasion.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greets muslims on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr at Red Road in Kolkata.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh celebrates Eid-Ul-Fitr with BJP leader Syed Shahnawaz Hussain and his family in New Delhi.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari greeting Muslims on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr in Nagpur.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav greeting Muslims on occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr in Patna.

Bollywood Abuzz With Eid Celebrations

In Mumbai and the rest of Maharashtra, people clad in their festival finery, congregated at the 600-plus mosques in the city and other parts of the state to offer the special Eid namaaz, in many areas braving heavy rains.

Bollywood celebrities including Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, and Sanjay Dutt too prayed for peace, prosperity and love on the occasion. Twitter was abuzz with greetings from the celebrities.

Shah Rukh Khan and AbRam wave out to fans on Eid. 
Salman Khan waves to his fans waiting outside his apartment.
Actress Konkona Sen Sharma celebrated Eid.
Anil Kapoor at Shabana Azmi’s Eid party.

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(With inputs from IANS.)

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