KATHMANDU, July 7: Muslims across the country are celebrating Edi-ul-Fitr with zest and zeal today.
The great festival of the Islamic community is being observed with great gaiety and gusto by reciting special Namaz, offering prayers in mosque, receiving blessings from the elders and giving blessings to juniors.
The festival, which marks the conclusion of a month-long fasting of the Muslims during the month of Ramadan, falls on the first day of the tenth month according to the Arabic calendar.
In Nepal, the festival is being observed today as the new moon-sighting on the last day of the ninth month on held on Wednesday evening, according to Mansoor Husain, Secretary of the Jame mosque at Ghantaghar in Kathmandu.
On this day, Muslims devotes converge mainly in the mosque or any outdoor location in the early morning for Edi prayer and break their fast feasting on delicacies.
Families and friends gather to mark the end of a month-long fast 'Ramadan' and exchange Eid Mubarak (greetings) as well as gifts. A spirit of generosity is encouraged hence they give alms to the poor.
The celebration lasts up to three days in general.
The government has declared a public holiday today on this occasion. RSS