Eid al-Fitr is a huge celebration that takes place at the end of Ramadan, a nearly month-long observance where Muslims fast from dawn to dusk to refocus on what’s important in life. Family, charity and religion are central tenets of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr celebrates the sacrifice and willpower shown over the month. With a large Muslim community, you can expect heaps of celebrations across England’s capital city. Here’s where to join in with them in London.
Community and diversity group 1Eid will be hosting a two day Eid festival in Goodmayes Park in Green Lanes, Ilford on 25th and 26th June. Details are to be confirmed, but it will be family orientated with lots going on.
Goodmayes Park, Aberdour Road, London + 44 020 8708 3141
Ealing Park is the site of the largest Eid festival in West London and while this year’s date and details are still to be confirmed, you will be guaranteed music, kids’ games and fun fair rides, with a really big dose of community spirit and prayer.
Ealing Park, London
Eid in ExCel is the capital’s largest Eid celebration. This year it’ll take place on either 25th or 26th June and kick off with a huge Eid Salah, which is a prayer. There will be a fun fair for the kids, a huge Arabic themed bazaar and of course, plenty of halal food and desserts to treat the family.
ExCel Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London +44 020 7069 5000
The Mayor of London has organised a huge Eid festival to take place in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 2 July from midday to 6pm. Festival goers can enjoy Arabic arts and crafts like henna and calligraphy, halal food stalls and lots of live music and kids’ activities, such as story telling and face painting.
Trafalgar Square, London +44 020 7983 4750