With joy and prayers Eid celebrated in city

Ujjain : Thousands of Muslims on Tuesday celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr across the city with joy and devotion and offered special prayers at mosques. They also exchanged greetings, gifts and took part in feasts with friends and family.

Community members dressed in their festive best turned up at Idgah, Jama Masjid, Madina Masjid, Fateh masjid, Shikari Gali Masjid, Magzine Shah Baba Masjid and other mosques in the city to offer special prayers on the occasion. The day marked the end of holy month Ramadan and the month long ‘roza’ (fast). City Quazi Khaliqurrehman administered Namaj at Idgah.

Collector BM Sharma, SP Anurag Kumar and leaders of BJP and Congress attended ‘namaz’ and extended their greetings to the community. For the occasion, the BJP had made a stage, from where party seniors and official extended Eid greetings.

Soon after the ‘namaz’ at the mosques, people hugged each other and wished ‘Eid Mubarak’, exchanged gifts and enjoyed special dishes, particularly siwayia made of vermicelli and different varieties of biryani and kebabs. Elders gave ‘eidee’ (token money) to the children. Community members visited their relatives and also give alms to the poor. Markets in various Muslim-dominated areas in the city observed holiday. After prayers at the mosques, they have breakfast on the day. Non-Muslim friends were invited to their houses to celebrate the happy feast. The women folk in every household cooked delicious items on the day not only for their family but their guests as well. New dresses, jewelleries and shoes were indeed an indispensable part of the celebrations.

Wasim Khan, a devout Muslim said that it is only during the Eid that his relatives come together. “My father is the eldest in the family, so all my uncles, aunts and cousins join us for dinner. While mutton biryani is an integral part of the feast, my mother makes kheer that’s really out of the world,” he said. The Ujjain Municipal Corporation (UMC) had arranged special water supply on the occasion of Eid. Piped water is now being supplied on rotation in view of the low water level in Gambhir dam.

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