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Id celebrated, a day after confusion

New Delhi: Id-ul-Fitr marking the end of the Ramzan month of fast was celebrated in Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and parts of Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday, a day after the rest of the country took part in its festivities following confusion over sighting of the moon.

Men, women and children dressed for the occasion thronged mosques in Jammu and Kashmir to offer special prayers after which they exchanged greetings and organised Id feasts.

Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, former Chief Ministers Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Farooq Abdullah and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah were among over 1.5 lakh people who prayed at Hazratbal shrine near Srinagar while 70,000 paid obeisance at the historic Jamia Masjid.

They also gathered at shrines in Anantnag, Budgam, Shopian, Baramulla, Pulwama, Kupwara, Bandipora, Tangmarg, Sopore, Chrar-e-Sharief and Shia-dominated Kargil district of Ladakh.

In Uttar Pradesh, millions of Muslims celebrated the festival, forgetting Tuesday's confusion over sighting of the moon between the Deobandi and Barelvi schools.

Shias gathered in large numbers at Asifi Imambara in Lucknow while a section of Sunnis also took part in the Id celebrations on Wednesday. A minor clash between two groups marred the celebrations temporarily when some people were going to offer prayers in Wazirganj area of the State Capital.

In many places like the Andhra Pradesh Capital Hyderabad, Hindus joined their Muslim brethren and fested on `sevaiyan' (vermicilli) and rice pudding. -- PTI

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