New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday greeted people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
“Greetings on Eid-ul-Fitr. May this auspicious day strengthen the bond of peace, unity and brotherhood across our Nation,” said Modi.
The festival of Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated across the country today, with prayers being offered at various historical mosques like the Jama Masjid.
Eid-ul-fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramdan. Ramadan is the ninth of 12 months in the Islamic calendar. The month honours the Angel Gabriel’s revelation of the Koran, the holy scripture of Islam, to the Prophet Mohammed at a meditation retreat in a cave about 1,400 years ago.
Fasting, charity, daily prayers, the declaration of faith and pilgrimage to Mecca are the five pillars of Islam.
During Ramadan, Muslims offer special prayers called Taraweeh at the end of their usual five- times prayers.
Ramadan lasts for 29 or 30 days and culminates in the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations. Tens of millions across the Muslim world make every effort to be more spiritual.
Muslims abstain from food, drink and other pleasures from sunrise to sunset.