Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and the Chief Ministers of many states wished people on Eid-ul-Adha this morning. In a tweet, PM Modi said “Eid Mubarak!” and added that this day may further the spirit of collective empathy, harmony and inclusivity in the service of the greater good.
Also known as the ‘festival of sacrifice', Eid-ul-Adha is considered to be one of the two most important Islamic festivals celebrated worldwide each year.
Eid Mubarak!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 21, 2021
Best wishes on Eid-ul-Adha. May this day further the spirit of collective empathy, harmony and inclusivity in the service of greater good.
Wishing “Eid Mubarak to all fellow citizens”, President Kovind also asked everyone to “follow COVID-19 guidelines”. He tweeted, “Eid-uz-Zuha is a festival to express regard for the spirit of love and sacrifice, and to work together for unity and fraternity in an inclusive society. Let us resolve to follow COVID-19 guidelines and work for happiness of all.”
Eid Mubarak to all fellow citizens. Eid-uz-Zuha is a festival to express regard for the spirit of love and sacrifice, and to work together for unity and fraternity in an inclusive society. Let us resolve to follow COVID-19 guidelines and work for happiness of all.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 21, 2021
This is the second consecutive year when the festival is being celebrated under the shadow of COVID-19 and amid fear and uncertainty. In a short message on Twitter, Mr Gandhi said, "Eid Mubarak everyone", in English as well as Hindi.
Wishing the people of the country, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hoped that this festival brings satisfaction, prosperity and happiness to everyone.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik extended his greetings to the people on this auspicious occasion, saying, "May the Eid strengthen the spirit of peace, brotherhood & compassion in society."
Kerala Chief Minister Vijayan said the festival shares the message of selflessness "in difficult times". He also urged people to celebrate Eid-u-Adha responsibly and by following COVID protocols.
Bakrid shares the message of selflessness. In difficult times, those who selflessly serve society inspire us. Hope this Bakrid inspires us to do so, in a spirit of friendliness and brotherliness. Let's celebrate responsibly, following Covid protocols. Warm Bakrid wishes to all! pic.twitter.com/wgq5PkAGZR— Pinarayi Vijayan (@vijayanpinarayi) July 20, 2021
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, too, wished people on the occasion. He hoped that the festival would bring good health, happiness and prosperity for all.
A particular feature of this festival is Muslims collectively offering prayers at mosques and meeting people and exchanging wishes, sweets and dishes.
Given the fear of a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, authorities have asked people to ensure they follow Covid-appropriate behaviour, like wearing masks and maintaining social distance while greeting each other. Largely, following the devastating second wave of the pandemic, people appeared to follow the guidelines during mass prayers.
Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said he offered namaz at home and prayed for the well-being of the people of the country and the entire world.
Keeping in view Corona protocol, today I offered Namaz at my residence on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha and prayed for good health and well-being of people of the country and humanity of the entire world. #EidAlAdha#EidMubarakpic.twitter.com/olxgYXiurG— Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi (@naqvimukhtar) July 21, 2021
It is the second consecutive year when Eid-ul-Adha is being celebrated with Covid-related restrictions.
This year, festivities commenced on the evening of July 20 and it will continue till this evening in India. It is said that no one should be left hungry on this day.