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Five great British Eid festivals
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Five great British Eid festivals

Five great British Eid festivals
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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 06: People enjoy a ride on the fun fair as they celebrate the festival of Eid in Small Heath Park on July 6, 2016 in Birmingham, England. Up to 70,000 people congregated in Small Heath Park to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid which marks the end of 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Nothing makes a Great British Eid like a Great British Eid festival. These colourful, diverse, inclusive countrywide events are getting bigger and better every year. They attract global stars and serve delicious food, but what makes them special is that they also bring together people of all backgrounds in some of Britain’s biggest cities.

Our top five British Eid festivals have been chosen because they offer something special in addition to the bazaars, international cuisine and henna artists we’ve come to expect. We’ve found an Eid festival with the largest Eid prayer in Europe, one where you can listen to live traditional Syrian music, and even one that offers a tour of Premier League glamour club Manchester United’s world-famous stadium, Old Trafford!

Eid Festival 2018, London

UK_Eid Festival 2015 in Trafalgar Square

Fashion show during Eid Festival on Trafalgar Square. Source: Mayor of London

Why you should go: Backed by Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, and held in Trafalgar Square, the heart of the country’s capital, Eid Festival 2018 London is easily the most prestigious of all, attracting a global audience, many of whom are passing tourists. Last year’s event was hosted by award-winning radio presenter Noreen Khan and had an international line-up featuring musician Saif Adam and Balinese star Cheb Nacim. Visitors were also treated to food cooked by Masterchef winner Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed. Click on the link below for this year’s lineup.

When: Saturday; June 23, 2018

How much: Free

Address: Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN

Web: https://www.london.gov.uk/events/2018-06-23/eid-festival-2018

Manchester Eid Festival, Manchester

Why you should go: Manchester’s Eid festival has sensibly roped in the city’s biggest draw, its famous football team, Manchester United. What this means is attendees have the amazing opportunity to go on a tour of the hallowed Old Trafford stadium and its award-winning museum at a special Eid price!

When: Saturday and Sunday; June 23-24, 2018

How much: Adults £2, children £1

Address: Old Trafford Car Park W3, 2 John Gilbert Way, Manchester M17 1AU

Web: https://www.manchestereidfest.com/

Celebrate Eid Festival, Birmingham

UK_Celebrate Eid Festival at Small Heath Park

Muslims enjoying ride during Celebrate Eid festival in Small Heath Park. Source: Celebrate Eid

Why you should go: At the Celebrate Eid Festival, you could find yourself praying with over 100,000 people; the only other place you can do that are the two holy masjids in Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. There will also be a large fun fair on site as well as clay pigeon shooting and an “Animal Man” who will let you pet exotic animals.

When: The day of Eid al Fitr (Friday; June 15, 2018)

How much: Free entry to the site

Address: Small Heath Park, Coventry Road, B10 0UU

Web: https://celebrateeid.co.uk/

 

Andalus Eid Festival, Glasgow

Why you should go: Aiming to evoke the spirit of medieval Muslim Spain, a culture founded by the Umayyad dynasty of Syria, there will be a traditional Syrian band playing live music at the Andalus Eid Festival. For children, there’s Arabian Nights storytelling, and for Marvel fans, the critically acclaimed movie Black Panther will be screened at the Andalus Cinema.

When: Saturday; June 23, 2018

How much: £1

Address: Andalus, 213 New City Road, Glasgow G4 9PA

Web: http://www.andalus.co.uk/

 

Bradford Eid Festival, Bradford

Why you should go: Besides a huge fun fair, this Eid fest features internationally renowned Nasheed artists Raza Qadri, Ismail Hussain and Ahmed Rubbani, who will all be singing live before doing meet and greets with fans afterwards.

When: Saturday and Sunday; June 23-24, 2018

How much: £1

Address: Bradford Moor Park, Killinghall Road, Bradford, BD3 7JD

Web: http://www.bradfordeidfestival.co.uk   

Tharik Hussain is a freelance travel writer, journalist and award-winning broadcaster who specialises in Muslim heritage and Muslim travel. 

(Writing by Tharik Hussain; Editing by Seban Scaria seban.scaria@thomsonreuters.com)

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