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Kerala govenor and CM greet people on Eid-Ul-Fitr
In Kerala, the Muslim community is to celebrate Eid-Ul-Fitr on July 29 According to Samastha Kerala Jemiiyyathul Ulama, the devotees completed the 30 days of Ramzan on Monday, July 28 to celebrate Eid-Ul-Fitr the next day. Eid will mark the end of the holy month of Ramzan consisting of fasting, prayers and charity.

Kerala Governor, Sheila Dikshit, greeted people on the occasion of Id-ul-Fitr. "Eid celebrations add to the social harmony of the State and strengthen further the bond of brotherhood and fraternity among the people. My heartiest greetings to all on this auspicious occasion," the Governor has conveyed in her message released to the press.

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, greeting the people on the occasion of Eid, said in a message that Ramzan reminded people of the need for compassion, brotherhood and sacrifice in their lives.

The day of Eid falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal. The date for the start of any lunar Hijri month varies based on the observation of new moon by local Muslim authorities, so the exact day of celebration varies by the location of place. At some places, people observe a joyous three-day celebration of Eid-Ul-Fitr.

On the day of Eid-Ul-Fitr, Muslims gather early in the morning either in outdoor locations or mosques to perform the Eid prayer. Often, this consists of a sermon by a religious leader followed by a short congregational prayer to begin the festivities by embracing each other and wishing "Eid Mubarak".

Thus, Eid-Ul-Fitr is a day of great merriment and thanksgiving. Muslims celebrate by visiting friends and extended family, preparing sweet delicacies, wearing new clothes, giving each other gifts and putting up decorations in their homes.

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