“May this day uphold spirit of togetherness, harmony in society”: PM Modi extends Eid al-Adha wishes

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New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday extended Eid al-Adha greetings to the people of the country and wished for a spirit of togetherness and harmony in the society.

On the occasion of the festival, Prime Minister Modi in a tweet said, “Greetings on Eid-ul-Adha. May this day bring happiness and prosperity to everyone. May it also uphold the spirit of togetherness and harmony in our society. Eid Mubarak!” People offered namaz at mosques across the country on the occasion.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also extended his greetings to the people of the country.
“Eid Mubarak! May this auspicious occasion bring peace, prosperity and happiness to all,” the Congress leader said in a tweet.

Eid Al-Adha or Bakra Eid, which is being observed on June 29 this year, is a holy occasion also called the ‘festival of sacrifice’ and is celebrated on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic or lunar calendar. It marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Every year, the date changes as it’s based on the Islamic lunar calendar, which is about 11 days shorter than the Western 365-day Gregorian calendar.

The festival is an occasion of joy and peace, where people celebrate with their families, let go of past grudges and make meaningful connections with one another. It is celebrated as a commemoration of Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice everything for God. Around the world, Eid traditions and festivities vary and different countries have unique cultural approaches to this important festival.

In India, Muslims wear new clothes and attend open-air prayer meetings. They may sacrifice a sheep or goat and share the meat with family members, neighbours, and the poor.

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