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Eid Mubarak! Here’s all you need to know about Eid-ul-Fitr or Meethi Eid

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New Delhi, June 16: Muslims across the world are celebrating Eid ul-Fitr with much fervour and grandeur on Saturday. 

The festival of Eid marks the end of Ramzan, the holy month of fasting in the Islamic calendar when the Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad. Eid marks the first day of the month of Shawwal.

Eid-ul-Fitr, which means ‘festival of breaking of the fast’, is celebrated when the new moon is sighted. Due to this, the festival is sometimes celebrated on different days in different parts of the world and the date varies from year to year.

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Celebrations traditionally begin with Chand Raat, the evening before the day of Eid, when people go for Eid shopping. On the morning of Eid, worshippers get up before sunrise to offer Salat-ul-Fajr (daily prayers). After breakfast (since it is forbidden to fast on Eid), they offer prayers at mosques and often at burial grounds to pray for the salvation of departed family members.

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Worshippers wear new clothes on Eid, visit their relatives and friends, and greet each other by saying Eid Mubarak. Sweets and desserts are prepared and distributed, with the chief delicacy being the sewayi – roasted vermicelli cooked in milk and garnished with dry fruits. Unlike Eid al-Adha (which focuses on meat delicacies), Eid-al-Fitr is celebrated with traditional desserts and is also called Meethi Ed.

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This time, the focus is largely on sweet preparations giving the festival its name – Meethi Eid. The month-long Iftar feasting is studded with rich, meaty delicacies. But the final day is all about starting anew, on a sweet note. “Throughout the holy month of fasting, the evening meal is usually very rich and meat dominated, once the Ramzan is closed, the following day is celebrated as Eid by eating something sweet the first thing in the morning. It also signifies starting your routine on a sweet note after a month of abstinence and praying,” shared Chef Osama Jalali, Masala Trail.

A major Indian festival, Eid is observed as a public holiday. It is celebrated with great fervour across the country and especially at major mosques like Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, Jama Masjid in New Delhi, Dargah Sharif in Ajmer, Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar and Taj Mahal Mosque in Agra.

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Sweets and traditional desserts are also distributed and served among friends, family and to the needy as a gesture of sharing and partaking happiness and good luck. There is great emphasis on charity on this day. It is obligatory to donate to the poor and needy before offering prayers. The celebrations often go on for three days.

Eid Mubarak !!

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US-based artiste gives ‘refreshing touch’ to India’s national anthem

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Mumbai, Jan 24 : Sparsh Shah, a 15-year-old singer, rapper and a motivational speaker from New Jersey, and singer-composer-producer Rohan Puntambekar have recreated a version of Indias national anthem, the “Jana Gana Mana”.

The new version of the song has been sung by Sparsh. The music has been produced by Rohan.

“Both me and Rohan were planning to do a musical collaboration. We met on Facetime and decided to start a music project around the Republic Day occasion. So, we brainstormed and came up with a recreated version of our national anthem and tried to give it a refreshing touch,” Sparsh said in a statement.

“We did the recording and video shooting via FaceTime, Skype and other modes. The entire process was simply amazing”.

Sparsh was born with an incurable disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as the brittle bone disorder. But this didn’t stop him from dreaming big. He has already enthralled audiences across the globe with his inimitable singing and rapping.

He is a professionally trained singer in Hindustani classical and American vocal music.

“Sparsh is an exceptionally talented boy and at such a young age, he has become an international fame. This is my first collaboration with him and it’s a pleasure recording ‘Jana Gana Mana’ with him,” said Rohan.

“Jana Gana Mana” is Times Music’s exclusive release and is available across all the digital platforms.

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J&K: Two killed, many injured as bus falls into gorge near Ku Nallah

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Srinagar, Jan 24: At least two persons lost their lives and 28 were injured after a bus fell into a gorge on Ramnagar-Udhampur road.

The incident took place near Ku Nallah.

More details awaited….

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Body of worker pulled out of Meghalaya mine

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Shillong, Jan 24: After more than a month, the body of a worker was extracted from a 370 deep feet flooded coal mine in East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya.

A highly decomposed body was pulled to the water surface by an underwater remotely operated vehicle (UROV) and then taken out, a senior rescue official told news agency IANS.

The miners were trapped after water gushed into the abandoned mine located in Ksan village. Only five managed to escape.

The families of miners have said that they want the mortals to be taken out as per a Supreme Court order.

Coal mine accidents have been rampant in the mountainous state due to unscientific “rat hole mining” even after a National Green Tribunal imposed an interim ban in April 2014.

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