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Updated: August 10, 2013 00:11 IST

It was time for sweets and biriyani

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Thousands offer prayers at mosques on Id-ul-Fitr

Thousands offered prayers at mosques and Idgahs across the city on Friday to celebrate Id-ul-Fitr after the moon was sighted on Thursday evening in different parts of Karnataka.

The Idgahs at Miller Road, Chamarajpet, Jayangar and Bannerghatta Road saw huge congregations that had gathered to offer prayers, marking the end of the holy month of Ramzan.

People also thronged market places in Shivajinagar, Frazer Town, Mosque road where food and clothes stalls were set up.

Fiza Khan, a resident of Frazer Town, said that a variety of sweets and biryani was the norm at every Muslim household. The menu at her house included pineapple soufflé, kheer, gulab jamun and semiya. Apart from the food, another thing that she was looking forward to was the money that she was going to receive from elders. “Like every year it is a lavish Id this time. I have purchased two sets of clothes, one that I would wear when I read prayers at home and another grand one for the evening,” this 23-year-old, said.

Khalid P.C., a shopkeeper who lives near New BEL Road, said that he had received a large number of guests, who were waiting to polish off the Id delicacies. “My wife and I cooked food for at least 40 guests who are mostly my children’s friends,” he said, adding that he visited his friends’ places across the city to distribute sweets after his guests left.

Earlier in the day, hundreds of men who were mostly dressed in crisp white kurtas, conveyed the season’s greetings at the Idgah Maidan on Millers Road. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who was seen sporting a traditional black cap, joined the festive crowd in offering prayers.

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