Snow Fails To Dampen Id Revelry
21 January 2005
Srinagar: Despite snowfall, the Id-ul-Azha was today celebrated with religious fervour and gaiety throughout the Kashmir valley and Ladakh region. The Id prayers were offered throughout the valley and Leh and Kargil. However, the main congregations were held at the holy shrine of Hazrartbal, historic Jamia Mosque, Hazrat Mehboobul Aalam, Hazrat Mir Syed Yaqub Sonawar and Tourist Reception Centre mosque. The prayers followed slaughtering of thousands of sheeps and goats, symbolising the sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim to seek the pleasure of God. People in traditional dresses were seen greeting each other on the occasion. The authorities had made special arrangement for the detenues to offer prayers in the detention centres where security personnel belonging to Muslim community also joined them. Special arrangements were also made for the family members of detenues for their meeting. Authorities have also allowed food for the detenues brought by their family members. Jammu and Kashmir Governor-General (rtd) S.K. Sinha and Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed greeted the people on the occasion of Id.