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How India celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr

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One of the most important festivals in Islam, Eid-ul-Fitr marks the culmination of the fasting month of Ramazan. Here are a few glimpses of how Muslims across the country celebrated the holy festival.

Eid-ul-Fitr is one of Islam’s most important festivals, celebrated on the first day of Shawwal to mark the end of the month of Ramazan. The day starts early with the disbursement of an obligatory contribution, zakat al fitr: prosperous families give away, for each member, at least 3 kg of items such as rice or wheat to the needy. This is followed by the congregational Eid prayer in mosques and open spaces where believers thank the Creator for enabling them to complete the preparatory programme of Ramazan, which brings both spiritual and temporal benefits.

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