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UAE soaks in Eid spirit
Eid Al Fitr is a time of feasts and fun, presents and parties. It is a time when the message of peace and brotherhood gets reinforced. It’s also a period when the noble spirit of compassion gets additional focus.

All these were amply reflected on Sunday as the UAE woke up to a joyful mood with “Eid Mubarak” greetings filling the air. The festive vibes remained evident all around.

Emirati customs, hospitality and traditions have added a special flavour to the grand celebrations marking Islam’s biggest festival in the country.

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan designating 2017 as the “Year of Giving” has also added extra significance to this year’s Eid festivities as nothing draws happiness for an individual or a nation better than the act of benevolence.

The “Year of Giving” is a powerful message of love, tolerance and development conveyed by the UAE leadership and people to the region and the world.

The path of such generosity has effectively been laid down by the founding father of the nation, late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

To this day, his big-hearted legacy has been kept alive, crossing all borders and barriers to touch the hearts of people in almost every country.

The ambiance reflected a splendid bonhomie among varied nationalities residing in the country.

Years of tradition continued with the faithful thronging mosques to listen to the Eid sermon and prayers.

The hot, humid weather failed to deter the spirits of the enthusiastic residents who thronged the streets and hugged each other.

Malls and sales outlets were crowded on Saturday night as residents indulged in last-minute shopping.

Incredibly, people held on to the strength of traditions by exchanging greetings and gifts, even while embracing digital technology in a way that the spiritual connection was not lost.

The social media was abuzz with Eid greetings, cutting across all nationalities and religions and ringing in a spirit of love, which is the prime message of Islam.

Several social, charitable and humanitarian activities undertaken by various individuals and institutions also made the festival more meaningful.

Those who could afford readily lent a helping hand to the less fortunate, strengthening the significance of the festival.

On the special occasion, there can be no better desire than to wish for the continued good health for the leaders and for further progress, prosperity and glory for the UAE citizens and residents.

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