Eid ul-Fitr 2011

Eid ul-Fitr (usually abbreviated to Eid) means ‘festival’ or ‘festivity’ in Arabic. It is a Muslim holiday that signifies the end of Ramadan which this year began on the 1st August. Ramadan is the Islamic holy month of fasting so the end of a whole month of fasting is cause for much celebration!

At the end of Ramadan, Muslims around the world have a small breakfast and then go to congregational prayer. They are encouraged to wear their best clothes (preferably new clothes) for this event. There are also family gatherings with huge meals, eating sweets and giving gifts to loved ones. It is a time to remember friends, family, generosity and celebration.

London’s landmark, Trafalgar Square, will be putting on an ‘Eid Festival’ event on the 24th September 2011.  Trafalgar Square’s Eid Festival celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr, the Islamic holiday marking the end of fasting for Ramadan. The festival will showcase a range of entertainment reflecting the diversity, culture and languages of London’s Muslim communities. The main stage will feature live folk music, rock bands, a children’s choir and theatrical performances.

The programme will also showcase Nasheed (from the Arabic word Anasheed) singers who draw inspiration for their work from history, religion and current affairs. Traditionally this was an a cappella music form. However the new Nasheed artists use a variety of musical instruments and sing in many languages.

There will also be exhibitions of art and culture, including fun for the whole family, souvenir stalls and a chance to sample traditional Eid festive food. All are welcome to attend Eid Festival, which has grown to become one of London’s cultural highlights, attracting crowds of over 25,000.

Find out more about the Eid Festival in London’s Trafalgar Square.

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