HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Muslims across the country celebrated Eid al-Fitr today, marking the end of monthlong Ramadan, the biggest Muslim festival.
The faithfuls observe the monthlong festival, which falls on the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, fasting from dawn till dusk and worshiping at mosques and homes.
The government had declared a public holiday today.
Devotees break their monthlong fast by looking at the moon, and the feast continues for three consecutive days. They pray in congregation and gather for large meals on the occasion. They also exchange gifts and make donations.
The followers of Islam believe that the Holy Quran “was sent down from heaven, a guidance unto men, a declaration of direction, and a means of salvation”.
The monthlong Ramadan or Ramazan is a time when Muslims concentrate on their faith, reciting Quran and worries less about their everyday lives.
They are not allowed to smoke, eat or drink during the daylight hours. They are also expected to practise abstinence during the period. At the end of the day, they break the fast after prayers with a meal called iftar. In the evening following iftar, they visit families and friends.
The Muslims constitute about 4.3 per cent of Nepal’s population,
according to government records. Meanwhile, President Ram Baran
Yadav, Prime Minister Baburam
Bhattarai and political parties extended the greetings of good
wishes, peace and social harmony in the country on the occasion of the Muslim festival.