Siliguri, West Bengal: On the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr the, Border Security Force (BSF) 51 battalion exchanged sweets with 18 Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at the Fulbari Indo-Bangladesh border. BSF Deputy Commandant (DC) SS Meenaa 51 battalion was present at the programme.
Earlier, on Thursday, the Indian Army and Pakistan Army celebrated Eid-Ul-Fitr on the Line of Control (LoC) at Poonch-Rawalakot Crossing Point and Mendhar-Hotspring Crossing Point in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
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“The gesture was appreciated by both the armies and is expected to promote goodwill and mutual trust,” the Army said.
Eid-ul-Fitr or Eid-al-Fitr is one of the most important festivals for the Muslim community. It marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan as well as the month-long fasting.
The actual date of the festival varies as per the sighting of the moon. This year it will be celebrated on May 14. The crescent moon of the month of Shawwal marks the end of Ramadan. The first day of Shawwal is celebrated as Eid-ul-Fitr. This festival is celebrated by Muslims across the globe. They wear new clothes on the day, offer prayers and enjoy feasts.
In India, the new moon is sighted generally a day after Saudi Arabia. While the West follows the Gregorian calendar, the Islamic calendar is lunar which means it is based on the sighting of the crescent moon. The ninth month in the Islamic Lunar Calendar is Ramadan and the tenth is Shawwal whose first day is marked as Eid-ul-Fitr.
(With inputs from ANI)