Modi said: “Greetings on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. Marking the culmination of the holy month of Ramzan, the festival epitomises values of brotherhood and harmony in society.”
“The holy month of Ramzan is coming to an end. People are waiting for Eid. The country and the world will celebrate Eid. I extend hearty greetings on this occasion,” PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister added: “May this festival strengthen bonds of unity and peace in our nation, and may everyone be blessed with prosperity and good health.”
Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan, is being celebrated across the country on Saturday.
“Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Saturday as the moon was sighted in Hyderabad, Bihar, Manipur, Karnataka, Assam and Tamil Nadu,” Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari has said.
Ramzan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is observed as a fasting period by Muslims, who abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset and it culminates in Eid celebrations.
Apart from the Prime Minister, President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari have extended their Eid wishes to the people.
“On the joyous occasion of Idu’l Fitr, I convey warm greetings and good wishes to my fellow citizens, particularly to all Muslim brothers and sisters… Let us on this day forgive and forget our difference,” President Mukherjee said.
In his message, Vice-President Hamid Ansari said, “May the noble ideals that mark Id-ul-Fitr enrich our lives with peace, prosperity and harmony and unite us all in the spirit of humanity.”