Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation on the occasion of Eid-ul-Iftar this morning as people from the Muslim community gathered at mosques across the country to offer prayers.
"Have a blessed Id-ul-Fitr," PM Modi wrote on Twitter. He also tweeted his greetings in Urdu.
Have a blessed Id-ul-Fitr. pic.twitter.com/71R9GMW3Tf— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 5, 2019
Eid, the festival of breaking fast, marks the end of holy month of Ramadan. Worshippers were photographed in Delhi, Aligarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh offering prayers at mosques.
President Ram Nath Kovind in his greetings said the festival "strengthens our belief in charity, fraternity and compassion". "EidMubarak to all fellow citizens, especially to our Muslim brothers and sisters in India and abroad. The festival of Idu'l Fitr strengthens our belief in charity, fraternity and compassion. May this happy occasion bring joy and prosperity to everyone's lives," he tweeted.
#EidMubarak to all fellow citizens, especially to our Muslim brothers and sisters in India and abroad. The festival of Idu'l Fitr strengthens our belief in charity, fraternity and compassion. May this happy occasion bring joy and prosperity to everyone's lives #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) June 5, 2019
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi also posted Eid greetings on Twitter.
Union Minister Smriti Irani - who defeated the Congress chief in Uttar Pradesh's Amethi, a Nehru-Gandhi family borough in the national elections- was among the senior ministers who tweeted their greetings. "May the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr deepen the spirit of brotherhood and bring happiness & peace to all. #EidMubarak," she wrote.
Several senior political leaders had sent out their greetings last night soon after the moon was sighted, which marks the end of holy fasting month of Ramadan. National Conference's Omar Abdullah and People Democratic Party's Mehbooba Mufti were among these leaders.
Shawwal moon sighted. Eid tomorrow. #Eid mubarak to all of you. Have a blessed Eid.— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) June 4, 2019
"Chaand Mubarak," Mehbooba Mufti wrote as she tweeted pictures from Jammu and Kashmir.
On this day, members of the community typically enjoy a small breakfast ahead of morning prayers and then visit friends and relatives where a lavish feast is served. Gifts are also exchanged to mark the festivities of the day.