Traditionally, the observance begins with the sighting of the moon. Eid al-Fitr literally means 'festival of breaking the fast'. Like other festivals observed by the Muslim community, this festival symbolizes faith in almighty.

The festival is celebrated on the first date of Sauvval, that is, the tenth month of the Hijra calendar. During the festival, Muslims exchange gifts, greet their neighbours as a mark of solidarity and brotherhood. Muslims observe this day with great enthusiasm.

A day ahead of the festival, the markets are already filled with fascinating items that are listed on the shopping list for Eid.

According to the reports, Muslim majority areas in Hyderabad have been brightly illuminated and the streets have been decorated with banners and flags. Security across the country has been beefed up to ensure a peaceful Eid. Cities like Bangalore that saw special security arrangement on the occasion of Eid last year is also witnessing a security alert to avoid any kind of violence.

Muslims in Kerala will celebrate Eid on August 8. In north Kerala, spiritual leader of Muslims- Panakkad Sayyid Hyderali Shihab Thangal- declared in Malappuram that the new moon marking the beginning of the month 'Sauvval' in the Islamic calendar has been sighted.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Opposition Leader VS Achuthandnan and leaders of different political parties also extended Eid greetings to the people.


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