President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday greeted people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr and expressed hope that the festival will reinforce the nation’s commitment to mutual harmony and radiate the message of India’s composite culture to the whole world.
Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan, will be celebrated across the country tomorrow.
The announcement came following a meeting of Qadeem Royat Hilal Committee headed by Maulana Mufti Mohammed Mukkaram, Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid today.
“The Eid moon has been sighted today. The Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated across the country tomorrow,” Maulana Mufti Mohammed Mukkaram said.
Ramzan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is observed as a fasting period by Muslims who abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset and it culminates in Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations.
In his message on the eve of the festival, the President said, “I extend warm greetings and good wishes to all fellow citizens, particularly to my Muslim brothers and sisters in India and abroad.”
He said as the people celebrate the day which marks the end of the holy month of Ramzan, “I hope that the festival with its tradition of giving and sharing enriches our lives with a spirit of brotherhood and empathy for the deprived”.
He hoped that the festival will reinforce the nation’s commitment to mutual harmony and radiate the message of India’s composite culture to the whole world. The message of the President was also issued in Urdu, Hindi and Bangla.