New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (August 1) extended greetings to people on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.

They urged citizens to follow protocols and guidelines to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic while celebrating the festival also known as Bakrid.

“Eid Mubarak! Greetings on Eid al-Adha. May this day inspire us to create a just, harmonious and inclusive society. May the spirit of brotherhood and compassion be furthered,” PM Modi posted on Twitter.

President Kovind tweeted, “Eid Mubarak! Idu’l Zuha symbolises the spirit of sacrifice and amity which inspires us to work for the well-being of one and all. On this occasion, let us share our happiness with the needy and follow social distancing norms and guidelines to contain COVID-19 spread.”

“May this Id-ul-Zuha bring peace, harmony and prosperity in our lives, country and the world,” vice president M Venkaiah Naidu tweeted.

“Under these circumstances, we have to be content with a modest celebration and strictly adhere to the safety protocols of wearing masks, practicing physical distancing and personal hygiene during all our celebrations,” he wrote.

“I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of Id-ul-Zuha. Id-ul-Zuha is a celebration of unswerving devotion to God and the boundless compassion and love the Almighty has for His creation,” he added.