Festive mood gripped the entire Kashmir valley, as Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated.
While people were seen thronging the marketplaces for last-minute shopping, others were seen rushing home early ahead of the festive occasion. Maximum rush of shoppers was witnessed at the bakery and butcher shops. Most of the offices, especially the government ones, wore a deserted look in the afternoon as the people had left home early.
As Eid-ul-Fitr falls after the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, Eid celebrations usually start with special prayers in the morning. While several delicacies are prepared on Eid, people extend greetings to their kith and kin after Eid prayers throughout the course of the day. Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated for two days in the Valley.
The largest Eid prayer congregations will be held at Eidgah in downtown Srinagar and the Hazratbal shrine on the banks of Dal Lake. Lakhs of people are expected to pour in at Eidgah and Hazratbal for Eid prayers.
According to a notification issued by the J&K Board for specified Wakfs and Wakf properties, Eid prayers at Hazratbal will be held at 10 am. Prayers at Eidgah will be held at the same time too.