Eid preparations enter last lap in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: After a month of fasting for Ramadan, mass namaz prayers will be held at mosques across the State on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Fitr. As per traditions, the Muslim community will break the fast after the sighting of the new moon today- marking the end of Ramadan and the start of the Islamic month Shawwal.

On this religious festival, Muslims wearing new clothes offer prayers in a gesture of thanksgiving at Eidgahs and mosques across the State and relish sweet dishes.

Silver City Cuttack and Rourkela have made all preparations for mass namaz prayer at different mosques.

Besides, mosques and Eidgahs in Bhubaneswar, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Balasore, Berhampur and Bolangir have made special arrangements for the special prayers.

Though the markets did not witness much crowd in the aftermath of Fani, the local traders have pulled up their socks expecting a good business on the last day.

The month of Ramadan symbolises a lot practices and beliefs of the community. During Ramadan, the Islamic calendar’s ninth month, Muslims fast every day, stay away from food and water from dawn to dusk, and offer prayers. Ramadan lasts 29 or 30 days and ends with Eid-ul-Fitr. It is believed first verses of the Quran were revealed to Prophet Muhammad during this month.