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Id-ul-Fitr celebrated with traditional fervour

Staff Reporter

Festival marks end of the month-long fasting for Muslims

— PHOTO: K. K. Najeeb

HOLY MONTH: Women participate in Id prayers at an Id-gah set up on the CMS Higher Secondary School ground in Thrissur on Monday.

Thrissur: Marking the end of month-long fasting and religious austerity, Id-ul-Fitr was celebrated with traditional solemnity and fervour in the district on Monday.

Thousands of the Faithful participated in the Id prayers at mosques and special Idgahs arranged in various parts of the district. Takbeer (a proclamation of the greatness of Allah) was chanted and the believers exchanged greetings and pleasantries.

The devotees also paid Fitr-Zakaat (an amount that Muslims pay as charity at the end of the fasting month).

This amounts to about 2.5 kg of food (usually rice), or its cash equivalent, and is collected at the mosque. This is distributed to needy Muslims prior to the start of the Id prayer. The Fitr-Zakaat was being offered by Muslims to ensure that nobody was left hungry on the Id day, according to Asharaf Olari, vice-president of District Mahallu Jamat Association.

This is in addition to the daily Zakaat given during the fasting month. The message of Id-ul-Fitr is one of sacrifice and piety. It is a festival of joy and family re-union.

Id celebration vibes with goodwill and communal harmony, particularly because the celebration marks the culmination of month-long spiritual practices.

The festival is celebrated in Muslim households with lavish feasts comprising delicacies. Cutting across religious boundaries, people participate in Id feasts. Id celebrations include calling on friends and relatives. Muslims wear new clothes and decorate their homes during Id.

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