Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 12: The Muslim community of Kerala celebrated Eid on Monday and visited specially erected Eid-Gahs, halls and mosques across the state to offer prayers. It was a public holiday for all offices here.  Eid Gahs — open-air gathering outside the city — with special enclosures for women witnessed a large footfall, as many attended special prayers and messages given by the clerics.  Kerala has 88.73 lakh Muslims and huge crowds participated in prayer centres in Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargode ditricts.Also Read - Viral Video: Pakistani Reporter Interviews Buffalo, Asks 'Lahore Kaisa Laga Aapko?'| WATCH the Buffalo's Hilarious Reply

As the day coincided with the Haj pilgrimage in Makkah, sacrificial meat was also distributed after the prayers.  The Onam festival would start here on Tuesday.  As this Eid is celebrated with the sacrifice of a sheep, goat, buffalo or camel along with the Eid prayers, the price of mutton touched a record Rs 700 per kg. Also Read - 'Say No to Bloodshed': Muslim Man Observes 72-Hour Fast to Protest Against Animal Sacrifice on Eid

Eid-ul-Azha in other parts of the nation would be celebrated on Tuesday. Also Read - Kerala Extends Coronavirus Curbs by Another Week After SC's Rap on Easing Restrictions For Bakrid