This year, Eid is not only a time of religious significance and a day of forgiveness and unity, but a weekend of feasts, fairs and fun. And more feasts. We hope you’re feeling hungry!
The largest of London’s Eid-ul-Fitr festivities lies in the heart of London next Saturday, at Eid Festival 2013, Trafalgar Square. Boris J has joined up with the Eid Committee, a group of Muslim Londoners, to get everybody celebrating the end of Ramadan. There will be delicious international delicacies from Turkey, Lebanon, India and Morocco, live music and a bustling street bazaar. There are dozens of other exciting Eid events outside of WC2, but here are our top five…
Dishoom, Eid menu and events
In the spirit of Eid, the brilliant Dishoom are dishing up a mouthwatering Eid menu. On Sunday August 11, Dishoom Shoreditch are also inviting visitors to enjoy a storytelling by Shamim Azad, plenty of Mithai, mehndi (henna), Carrom, meetha Paan and lashings of Chai. Read more here.
The MADE Ethical Eid BBQ
On August 18, MADE (the Muslim Agency for Development Education) in Europe is hosting a sunny Ethical Eid BBQ rooftop party with a menu of organic tayyib meat, and a smorgasbord of veggie alternatives and tasty snacks, all for (an optional) £5. The exclusive Bethnal Green location is home to a newly launched traditional Islamic garden and there will be garden tours and opportunities to learn about Islamic gardening techniques and sustainability.
Eid Festival, East Ham
Barking Road Recreation Ground in East Ham will be hosting its own Eid Festival (Aug 8-12) alongside the Old Macdonald’s Country Fayre.There’ll be arts and crafts sessions, dodgems, Punch & Judy and plenty of fairground frolics for all the family. North Londoners – the organisers of the Finsbury Park August Bank Holiday Fair (Aug 17-27) suggest its the ideal place to celebrate Eid too!
Call To Humanity: Eid Day For Syria
In West London, charity groups Stand By Syria and Hand In Hand For Syria, have organised ‘Call To Humanity: Eid Day For Syria‘. The community party will take place at Brentside High School, Hanwell on Aug 10 including a special charity auction, face painting and kids activities, stalls, bouncy castle and a World Cup themed five-a-side football tournament. And, of course, more glorious food.
‘Eid Special’ evenings at Ashoka Bar
Ashoka Bar in Hounslow is the place to head for a weekend of tasty Indian cuisine and wild dancing. With two evenings of cocktails, traditional Indian cooking, Bollywood, Bhangra, belly dancers and R’n’B, this club night is sure to make you heed the Eid. Tickets £20. Kitty Knowles