BHUBANESWAR: Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated with enthusiasm and fanfare in the Capital City on Tuesday.
Eid is celebrated to mark the completion of the holy month of Ramzan.
The Muslims follow a lunar calendar and wait for the appearance of full moon to celebrate the festival towards the end of the holy month.
After the Head of All Odisha Chand Committee (AOCC), Mufti Wajibul Kamar, announced about appearance of full moon on Monday night, Muslims thronged the mosques on Tuesday to offer their prayer.
Though the festival was marked with Namaz being read out at many mosques, the Jama Masjid at Unit III and Capital Masjid at Unit IV saw maximum number of devotees.
Donning colourful head scarfs and dressed in new clothes, they thronged the mosques from early hours of the day.
Namaz was read out by Imam Roushan Zameer Noori and Shahi Imam Mufti Abrar at Unit-III and Unit-IV masjids respectively.
After completion of Namaz, people greeted each other and visited friends and relatives to enjoy the sweets and savories prepared exclusively on the occasion. ‘Sevayyian’ (vermicelli), varieties of biryani and kebabs were served to the guests. Needy people were offered alms and clothes by the elder members of the community while the children were distributed ‘Eidee’ gifts.
Among other places, the festival was celebrated at the mosques in Jadupur, Balianta, Jharpada, Sundarpada, Jharanasahi, Unit-VIII, Satyanagar and Cuttack Road.
Leaders and luminaries from various walks of life greeted the people on the occasion and prayed for peace and harmony in the society.