Muslim communities prepare for Eid celebrations in the city after almost a month of fasting. Several local events will take place to mark the occasion.
Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which is dedicated to fasting and prayer. For many, this Eid will be particularly memorable, as it will be the first since the end of all Covid-19 restrictions.
This year, Eid-ul-Fitr is expected to fall between Sunday May 1 and Monday May 2. The exact date, determined by the Islamic lunar calendar, will be announced closer to the time, upon sighting of the new crescent moon. .
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In the final days of Ramadan, as Muslims enjoy the holy month, families prepare for a big party. Mosques and community groups are also working behind the scenes ahead of many local events scattered around the city and county.
The day begins with the Eid prayer which takes place in all local mosques and some of our local parks. Outdoor prayers have proven to be a popular way to gather with thousands of people attending events in previous years.
For the first time this year, Willowbrook Park at Thurnby Lodge will also host Eid prayers. Organized by the mosque and The Peace Center food bank, the prayers will take place in an open space in front of the building for entire families to attend.
Below you will find the events to know. The exact day of events will be confirmed closer to the time, likely Saturday evening.
Families living in nearby areas of Netherhall, Scraptoft are also welcome to attend. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a lecture at 9:15 a.m., followed by prayers at 10:00 a.m.
The prayers will take place in an open space without a marquee. Participants are encouraged to walk to the park rather than drive and bring a bag for their shoes.
Spinney Hill Park
Eid prayers at Spinney Hill Park will begin at 9am. With the weather forecast to be dry, there will be no marquee at the event.
People planning to attend are asked to bring their own prayer rugs to the park. Anyone wishing to volunteer for the event is invited to register here.
Eid prayers in Victoria Park will be followed by a festival that will continue until 7 p.m. Prayers will begin at 9:00 a.m. followed by a speech.
Throughout the day, families from all walks of life will be welcomed to the festival which will host a funfair for children and multiple food stalls and traders. In previous years, the event has drawn over 10,000 people to the park.
Southfields Park in Loughborough will host an Eid prayer on Sunday or Monday. The event is due to start at 8 a.m. and worshipers are asked to bring their own prayer rugs.