Eid al-Fitr in London

Eid is an Arabic word which means “festival” or “holiday”. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. The beginning and ending of the month relies on witnessing the Moon.

The Eid celebrations continue up till 3 days. Muslims perform a ritual prayer called the Eid prayer. Sweets, food, and non-alcoholic drinks are distributed in mosques and homes. Relatives and friends visit each other to wish Eid, give ‘Eidi’ (gifts to children; occasionally pocket money) and spend quality time with their dear and near ones.

The festival is not just about celebrations, it’s also about helping the less privileged. Each year Muslims donate a large amount of money, food and clothing to UK charities.

The mayor of London will be joining the Eid celebrations in Trafalgar Square this year. Food is an essential part of the event. There’ll be a food festival where you can taste delightful international cuisines. Adding to the fun, there will be dances, live music performances, variety shows, activities for children like face-painting, henna designs (specially for women), sports activities and the list goes on. Hence Eid is not complete without henna designed on hands, dressing up in traditional outfits and mouth-watering feasts!

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