Eid-ul-Adha celebrated across Kashmir

Children greet each other after Eid prayers at Hazratbal, Srinagar. -Excelsior/Shakeel
Children greet each other after Eid prayers at Hazratbal, Srinagar. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, June 17: Eid-ul-Adha was celebrated across Kashmir with religious fervour today.
The biggest congregation was held at Hazratbal where thousands of worshippers assembled for prayers including former Chief Ministers Dr Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.

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People in large numbers from different parts of Srinagar and adjacent districts were seen arriving early in the morning for the prayers.

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However, the historic Jamia Masjid in the old city didn’t host prayers as authorities denied permission to Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid for Eidgah prayers.
Apart from Srinagar, Eid prayers were held in open-air Eidgahs across all districts of the Kashmir valley.
Elders carried children wearing new clothes alongside them to the prayer grounds. Muslims greeted each other after offering the Eid prayers at various mosques and Eidgahs in other cities and towns of the Valley.
Following the prayers, people hurried home to engage in traditional animal sacrifices. This year, residents purchased a variety of animals, including camels, for the sacrificial rituals, maintaining the customary observances of Eid-ul-Adha across the region.
Authorities had made adequate arrangements for security for the devotees who came out in large numbers for the thanksgiving prayers on the holy occasion.
Reports of large congregations have also come in from Baramulla, Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Budgam and Kupwara districts of the Valley.