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Eid-ul-Fitr celebrated in Maharashtra

Eid-ul-Fitr celebrated in Maharashtra”

In addition, the government has been advocating the establishment of more Muslim prayer rooms in public places and the celebration of Muslim festivals, she said.

During Ramadan all scholars, Ulmas and Mofits, give a lesson of unity, peace and harmony. Muslims use a slightly different calendar to mark their yearly celebrations, so Ramadan gets moved forward by 11 days each year.

In lieu of the festivities hosted throughout the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations, the President and First Lady released a statement Saturday sending "warm greetings to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr", the day marking the end of Ramadan.

Millions of Muslims in Egypt performed Eid prayers in more than 5,000 open areas across the country amid a stepped-up security presence, while President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi performed prayers at a mosque at Egypt's naval headquarters in the coastal city of Alexandria.

Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis greeted people on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Fitr.

Eid or Eid al-Fitr marks the start of Shawwal which is a month of celebration What is Eid al-Fitr?

The iftar dinner occurs at sunset at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islam lunar calendar and a time of prayer, reflection and fasting.

Ajimobi said, "Since Ramadan fasting symbolizes the period of spiritual rejuvenation, I urge our Muslim brothers and sisters to continue to put into practice the teachings of Prophet Muhammed".

The news brings an end to the month-long daytime fasting by Muslims - of whom there are approximately 17.2 crore in India, according to the 2011 census, and somewhere around 20 crore now. The month lasts between 29 to 30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon.

"On behalf of our family, Sophie and I extend our best wishes to all those celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr", he said.

"Let there be peace and May God keep you and your family happy and prosperous", were the words that emanated from all of them, as if on a cue.

On the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, morning prayers are said and people pay family visits and celebrate with feasts.



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