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Thousands throng parks to celebrate third day of Eid

ISLAMABAD: Thousands of people, including women and children thronged to parks and recreational spots in the twin cities on Wednesday and Thursday to enjoy the Eid festivities.Almost every park received a large number of visitors on the second and third day of Eid. Recreational spots, including Lake View Park, Rawal Dam, Daman-e-Koh, Pir Sohawa, Shakarparian, Chatter Park, Safari Park, Ayub National Park, Nawaz Sharif Park, Roomi Park, Play Land Park, and Jinnah Park were packed as people came out after spending first day of Eidul Fitr with their relatives and friends. Kids were seen taking swings, besides screaming on merry-go-rounds, while the adults were happy to see the smiles on the faces of their children. This year, four Eid holidays were announced by the government from July 29 to August 1, but with Saturday and Sunday weekly offs, people still have two more days for the celebrations.“The first day of Eidul Fitr began with offering the Eid prayers and then we visited our relatives and friends to exchange greetings. Today, we’ve come here to celebrate Eid,” said Nauman, 24, a resident of Committee Chowk, who had come to visit the Rawal Lake View Park. He said that he had come along with his friends in the morning, but decided to stay a little longer to celebrate Eid as the weather was pleasant and encouraging.“I really enjoyed the Eid here as the unmatched beauty of the Rawal Lake Park offers a lot to celebrate,” another visitor said. Most visitors also brought their lunch and enjoyed that in the scenic beauty. “We are here with our kids for the second consecutive day,” said Nusrat Bibi, who was having lunch along with her family at Chatter Park, Islamabad. Her husband said that this year they had decided to stay in the capital instead of traveling to their native village in Kotli Azad Kashmir, before Eid. “It was a great experience to spend Eid in the capital. Since we have still three more holidays, we would be leaving for our village in the evening,” he added.Eid is the festival whose celebrations begin from ‘Chaand Raat’ that is “the night when the moon of Shawal is sighted”. To give the final touches to their shopping, people in the twin cities visited the shopping malls and markets on `Chand Raat’. Beautiful ‘henna’ designs were drawn on the palms of women, especially of the young girls. They also bought bangles of various colours. On Eid day, people greeted each other saying “Eid Mubarak” and sending SMS to each other. Keeping the tradition alive, children were given Eidi (sum of money) by the elder people. The day began with offering of the Eid prayers in the mosques by the men. Then several men visited graveyards to offer `Fateha’ for the departed loved ones. Thereafter, they visited their friends, relatives, and neighbours and joined them on special dishes, prepared especially for the occasion. 

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