New Delhi, June 16: Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated across the country, except Kerala on Saturday. Eid marks the culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan and the announcement for which in India was made by Jama Masjid Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari after a meeting of the moon-sighting committee on June 14.
In Kerala, Eid was celebrated on Friday, June 15 as the moon was sighted in Kozhikode on Thursday. Meanwhile, Eid will be celebrated in Pakistan today. However, in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, Eid was celebrated on June 15.
A Kochi-based preacher Fazlur Rahman said, “the reason behind Kerala celebrating Eid before rest of India purely geographical. There is no allegiance towards Saudi Arabia. We do not follow their lunar calendar. He further claimed that Kerala being a coastal state sights moon on the 29th day of lunar calendar. And yes, sometimes the date coincides with Saudi Arabia.”
In the wake of Eid celebrations on June 16 and 17, the Delhi Traffic Police on Friday issued an advisory restricting and diverting motorists and general public on certain roads, prone to congestion. To ensure smooth flow, police have restricted/diverted traffic in and around C-Hexagon India Gate. Parking will also be limited in and around the Hexagon circle.
Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramzan, symbolises peace and brotherhood. The festival is marked with feasts and the faithful offers prayers at mosques and idgahs to seek blessings of the divine. People, especially children dress up in their traditional fineries to mark the festival that spreads the message of brotherhood and communal amity.