Cross border bonhomie marks Eid at Amritsar

Last Updated: Mon, Aug 20, 2012 11:10 hrs

, Aug.20 (ANI): To strengthen Indo-Pak camaraderie, Border Security force (BSF) personnel in Punjab exchanged sweets with the Pakistan Rangers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday.

The end of the holy month of Ramadan was declared with the sighting of moon across India on Sunday.

Muslim clergy decides the date of Eid, one of the biggest and most important festivals in the Islamic calendar.

BSF personnel congregated at the Wagah - Attari Border in Punjab and greeted the Pakistan Rangers across the border gates.

Border Security Force (BSF) commander I.D. Singh said in Amritsar that he hoped that the bilateral relations between the two countries would be strengthened.

"On the occasion of Eid, we have offered sweets to the Pakistan Rangers on behalf of Border Security Force (BSF) and have spread the message of friendship. We hope that we maintain friendly ties and it continues to strengthen bilateral relations between both the nations," said Singh.

Contingents of the Indian as well as Pakistan armies converged on the border area in a bid to strengthen ties and celebrate Eid.

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, honours the revelation of the 'Holy Koran' to Prophet Muhammad and has traditionally been a time of religious fervour.

It is considered the best exercise for self-restraint. During the 'Roza' or fasting, Muslims are forbidden to eat, drink or indulge in any form of pleasure. They eat Sehri - a small pre-dawn meal, and at dusk they break the day-long fast with the Iftar - the evening meal.

Many countries in the Middle East celebrated Eid on Sunday.

Muslims celebrate Eid wearing new clothes and many go out with their children to parks and amusement places, spending the whole day out. Balloons and taking swings in beautifully decorated cradles constitute some of the delights of children on Eid. (ANI)

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