Chennai, Oct 1: On Wednesday, Oct 1 Muslims in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr, marking the conclusion of a month-long dawn-to-dusk Ramzan fasting, penance and prayers.
Attired in their best, the people assembled in mosques and Eidghas for the mandatory 'Eid Namaaz' and to hear the 'Kuthuba' (homily) by the Imams. Muslim homes and their places of worship echoed with 'Thakbir,' glorifying Almighty Allah as part of Eid, one of the two important relgious festivals in Islam. They also exchanged greetings with each other and shared sweets and other food articles.
Most of the North Indian states, including the national capital Delhi, and southern states like Karnataka, Andhra would be celebrating Eid tomorrow as the 'Shawwal' moon was not sighted in those states.
Saudi Arabia, the birth place of Islam, celebrated Eid along with most of the Gulf countries on Tuesday, Sep 30.
Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and Puducherry's V Vaithilingam greeted the Muslims on the occasion of Eid.