Bhubaneswar: Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, was celebrated with joy and fervor across Odisha today.
Muslims across the state trooped out of their homes to offer special Eid congregational thanksgiving prayers marking culmination of the 30 days of fasting. After offering Namaaz, they hugged each other with greetings of ‘Eid Mubarak’.
People dressed in new clothes were seen greeting each other and distributing sweets after performing Namaaz in the morning. Hindus also joined in the celebrations in many parts of the state to mark the day with a show of harmony between communities.
In Bhubaneswar, Namaz was offered at several mosques including the Unit-4 masjid where thousands of Muslims gathered for the prayer. Similar scenes were witnessed at mosques in millennium city Cuttack and other parts of the state.
The festival was observed with offering sweets, sweet dishes, biryani and varieties of food items to friends, relatives and others after holy prayers in the morning.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also greeted the people of Odisha on the occasion.
“Warm greetings and best wishes on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. May this day bring joy and happiness to all and strengthen spirit of brotherhood and amity in the society,” Patnaik tweeted.