Jun 5, 2019, 11:53 AM
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Eid al-Fitr celebrated in Pakistan with religious zeal 

Islamabad, June 5, IRNA -- Eid al-Fitr is being celebrated across Pakistan on Wednesday with religious zeal and fervor.

Eid prayers were offered at mosques in all cities and towns of the country. Special prayers were offered for the well-being of the country while in sermons the Ulema will highlight the significance of Eid-ul-Fitr.
The biggest Eid congregation was held at Faisal Mosque in Islamabad where government officials and envoys of Islamic countries offered Eid prayers. 
Eid al-Fitr is the Islamic festival that marks the end of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar during which Muslims all over the world fast during the days and make special prayers at night.
Pakistan has an estimated population of 200 million and about 95-98% of Pakistanis are Muslims, thus Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr are very special occasions for them. 
Strict security measures are in place across the country to avoid any untoward incident. 
President Dr Arif Alvi in his message on the occasion urged upon the nation to adopt fraternity and compassion in their ranks and work for the progress and prosperity of the country by rising above personal, regional and sectarian biases.
The President said the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr carries the essence of Islamic values and traditions and also symbolizes the religious ethos.   
In his message Prime Minister Imran Khan said that one could enjoy the real festivities of Eid by showing compassion to and share pleasures with the deserving people.
He said the government has embarked upon the journey to put country on track of progress and prosperity.
Eid al-Fitr is not only a one day show in Pakistan and the festivities continue for many days.  Eid preparations usually start with the beginning of Ramadan and continue throughout the month. 
People also donate money for charity purposes as Eid is to bring a smile on other people’s faces and destroy all evil inside. When the moon of Shawwal (Islamic Month) is sighted Eid day celebrations commence, marking the end of the month of Ramadan. 
There are normally three to four holidays on Eid and many events take place to celebrate the occasion. 
In Pakistan men usually wear simple traditional clothes for Eid whereas women and girls wear colorful clothes with bangles but it is customary for almost everyone to wear new dress. 
No Eid celebration is completed without henna as it is a must activity for Pakistani girls and ladies to apply henna on hands on the occasion.
The traditional Eid greeting is ‘Eid Mubarak’, and it is frequently followed by a formal embrace. People give Zakat al-fitr, also commonly known as 'fitrana' to poor at the end of Ramadan. It is a way for Muslims to give thanks that they were able to complete the month of fasting.
For the children it is a very happy day because they receive money from all the elders called as ‘Eidi’ to spend and enjoy. They also can receive clothes or gifts.
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