Thiruvananthapuram, June 15: Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan, was celebrated in Kerala with religious fervour on Friday as the moon was sighted here on Thursday, while the rest of India would celebrate it on Saturday.
#Kerala: People offer prayers at Thiruvananthapuram's Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium on the occasion of #EidulFitr; MP Shashi Tharoor also present. Eid is being observed today in Kerala. pic.twitter.com/3HuO5C5j58
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Heavy rains, especially in the northern Muslim-majority districts, acted as a dampener, forcing the devout to hold the events indoors.
The chief priest at the Palayam Grand Mosque here addressed a large congregation, saying intolerance should be dealt only through tolerance.
In Kochi, superstar Mammootty along with his actor son Dulqar Salman attended a prayer session where they interacted with the locals.
The state government has declared a public holiday. All educational institutions and government offices remained closed.
Of Kerala’s 3.34 crore population, Muslims comprise 88.73 lakhs.
The festival of Eid, celebrated by Muslims across the world, 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-al-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.
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.