Eid Celebrations in Trafalgar Square
Eid at Trafalgar Square in London this September
If you are in London in September, why not join the Eid celebrations taking place at Trafalgar Square? Organised jointly by the Mayor of London and Muslim organisations, children and adults of all racial and religious backgrounds are invited to take part and celebrate this joyous occasion in the Muslim culture.
What is Eid?
Eid is an Islamic name that means “Festival” or “Celebration” and it is celebrated by Muslims all over the world. It marks the end of Ramadan which is the Islamic month of fasting. During the month of Ramadan (the ninth month of the Islamic calendar), Muslims all over the world observe a strict fast and abstain from eating, drinking and sexual activity. They will not eat or drink once the sun rises and will break the fast only after the sun sets.
All Muslims must observe the fast unless they are: under the age of 12; are very old; physically unwell; mentally unwell; pregnant; breast-feeding; menstruating or travelling. Ramadan is a very important time and Muslims will also participate in pious activities during this time such as charitable giving and peace-making and it is a time of intense spiritual renewal.
Ramadan ends after one month, and once the moon is sighted, Eid celebrations will start the next morning, lasting for three days.
How is Eid Celebrated
Eid Ul-Fitr for Muslims is similar to Christmas for Christians. Muslims will buy and wear new clothes, give gifts and extend hospitality and food towards others. There will be early morning Eid prayers at the Mosque (or other outdoor locations), consisting of a sermon followed by a short congregational prayer, and afterwards, the men will hug each other three times and return home to their family and relatives to wish them “Eid Mubarak”. Muslims will also:
- Visit the sick and offer prayers for the deceased,
- Pay “Zakat” – Islamic religious tax, given to purify one’s wealth,
- Each Muslim family will donate a determined amount to the poor, this is called “sadaqah al-fitr” and it is a donation of food – rice, barley dates and rice etc, so that the needy can also have a celebratory meal.
What to expect at the Eid Celebrations
Taking place in September, the Eid celebration promises to be a vibrant and uplifting day out. There will be live entertainment, market stalls selling food and beverages as well as exhibitions and displays about Islam.
The event will be a fun and informative day out for the whole family at Trafalgar Square. There will be exhibitions and special activities for children, delicious Eid food and live music by popular bands from all over the world. The event will allow visitors to learn about the Muslim culture in an open and welcoming atmosphere.
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