Eid-ul-Azha, the 'Festival of Sacrifice', commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to Allah. Sheep and goats were sacrificed as per rituals and the meat was distributed among neighbors and relatives on the pious occasion, also know as 'Bakr-Id'.

In the national capital, faithfuls congregated at Jama Masjid, Fatehpuri Masjid and mosques in Seelampur, Jaffrabad, Seemapuri and Mustafad, among other areas, where they offered prayers and greeted 'Eid Mubarak' to each other.

In Lucknow, members of Shia and Sunni sects offered a joint namaz at the historic Sibtainabad Imambara, deviating from the earlier tradition of doing so separately.

The joint prayer was the outcome of a unique citizen- driven initiative through social media called 'Shoulder-to- Shoulder (S2S)' aimed at spreading the message of universal brotherhood.

Meanwhile in the Kashmir Valley, clashes broke out between youths and security forces in several areas of Srinagar and Anantnag districts after Eid prayers.

Clashes were reported from Eidgah, Rajouri, Kadal and some other areas of downtown Srinagar and at a few places in Anantnag district, a police officer said, adding the rest of the Kashmir Valley witnessed peaceful Eid prayers.

On the Indo-Pakistan border, personnel of Border Security Force and Pakistani Rangers exchanged sweets at Chakan-Da-Bagh and Mendhar crossing points along the LoC in Poonch and the International Border in Jammu to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha.


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