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                                                                                            Panaji, June 15, 2018

                                                                                            Jyaistha 25, 1940

            The Governor of Goa Dr. Smt. Mridula Sinha has extended her greetings and best wishes to the people  of Goa and her Muslim brothers and sisters in particular on the auspicious occasion of Id-ul-fitr.

          The Governor further said that Id-ul-fitr is a festival that marks the end of Ramazan. Ramazan is a holy month of fasting. It is believed that fasting in the month of ‘Ramzan’purifies the soul. Thus, it makes one lead a pure and holy life during the month of ‘Ramzan’. Charity is also the greatest virtue to be practiced during this month. Id-ul-fitr literally means ‘festival of breaking the fast’. Like other festivals observed by the Muslim community, this festival also symbolizes faith, sacrifice, love, compassion and unity. It is not merely restraining oneself from having food but also to abstain from all kinds of evil and unlawful practices in Islam.

          The significance of this festival is also interpreted as a good time to bring people together in harmony and gratitude irrespective of religion, caste and creed. It is a festival that spreads love and goodwill. It gives us a message to love all and hate none. It teaches us to embrace all humans as brothers and sisters and exhorts us to bid goodbye to hatred, jealousy and enmity and bring in an era of love, sympathy and brotherhood, the Governor adds.

          The State of Goa has a tradition of followers of different faiths living in peace and harmony. Festivals like Id-ul-fitr promote the peace and brotherhood in the State. Goa had been and will continue to be shining example of such unity. Finally, I wish on this occasion, that all the people of Goa be granted with abundant grace and sanctity and may the celebrations of id-ul-fitr bring a lot of joy and peace to everyone, the Governor concluded.