LAHORE Prayers for the progress and prosperity of the country in these testing times, and for the relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims were the hallmark of Eidul Fitr, the Lahorites celebrated this year, a survey conducted by The Nation revealed. The day began with people offering Eid prayers at different mosques in the City. A large number of citizens belonging to various localities offered their Eid prayers at major mosques like Badshahi Mosque, Wazir Khan Mosque, Jamia Naeemia and Jamia Ashrafia where the main Eid prayer congregations were held. Ulema in their Eid sermons urged the people to help the flood affectees saying, It was enjoined upon Muslims that they must help their deserving brothers in the time of their troubles, adding that this was the time when uncountable needy people were awaiting their financial and moral support. Furthermore, the citizens maintaining the tradition moved heaven and earth to make their Eid memorable. People thronged the recreational spots including Shalam-ar Gardens, Lahore Fort, Lawrence Garden, Racecourse Park, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Model Town Central Park, Jallo Park, Jahangirs Tomb, Minar-e-Pakistan, City Zoo other places besides visiting their relatives and friends during the Eid holidays. There were a great number of visitors to Bara Dari Kamran situated on River Ravi that enjoyed boating. The Zoo, Lahore Fort, Shalamar Gardens, Racecourse Park, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park and Tomb of Jahangir made huge income through the sale of entry tickets. Hotels and restaurants also saw a boom as many Lahorites visited different City food outlets for taking meal. Talking to this scribe regarding celebrations of Eid festival, Hamid Ali, a trader said that he spent the first day of Eid at his home with his family and met and served the guests who came to wish Eid. He said that his family visited Lawrence Garden and City Zoo for recreation and picnic on the desire of his children. Malik Amir, a youngster said that he spent most of his time with his friends on the first day of Eid while he thronged Shalamar Gardens with his friends following restaurant for taking meal in the other two days. Ayaaz Khan, a social worker said that he spent his time with the poor and needy people of his area and he also tried his best to help them so that they could also celebrate Eid festival like other people. Khalid Malik