**Bhubaneswar: ** A time for feasting and celebration as Muslims across Odisha celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with religious fervour and gaiety on Monday marking the end of the holy month of Ramzan also known as Ramadan.
People of Muslim community wearing new attires and sporting skull caps offered prayers at Eidgahs and mosques across the state as a gesture of thanksgiving to Allah at the end of the month-long fasting.
Eid kickstarts the month of Shawwal, which begins with a feast to end the period of fasting.
Notably, Ramzan, is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
The Muslims follow a lunar calendar and wait for the appearance of full moon to celebrate the festival towards the end of the holy month.
It is also believed to be the most sacred month when the first verses of the holy Quran were revealed to Prophet Muhammad.
Muslims fast (keep Roza) every day for an entire month.
They abstain from food and water from dawn to dusk.
They devote more time to prayer, religious activities and charity.
It is believed that fasting instills patience and humility.
It is also believed that Ramzan is a time to fast for the sake of God, ask forgiveness for the past sins committed and simultaneously ask for Allah’s guidance in the future.