Eid celebrated across Leicester today

Muslims across Leicester have come together to celebrate Eid today, which marks the end of the holy pilgrimage of Hajj.

Thousands of people gathered in Leicester’s Victoria Park this morning to pray and celebrate Eid.

The festival was supported by Leicester City Council, which flew flags from the Town Hall proclaiming ‘Eid Mubarak’ (Eid Blessings).

Abu Salam, the leader of the Eid Festival Committee conducted prayers and gave a sermon stressing the need for unity and tolerance. He said:

“Even though this is a Muslim celebration, it is open to all.”

“We want this to be where all the people of Leicester come together to celebrate and have a good time.”

He also thanked Leicester City Council for their support. He said:

“We have received so much support from the council that it must be noted.”

“The decision to fly those flags sends out a very powerful message about unity and the feeling of tolerance throughout this city.”

After prayers, the celebrations began with funfair rides, inflatable castles and snacks.

Eid festivities have taken place in Victoria Park for the past few years and were clearly enjoyed by all today. One participant, Haroon, said: “It brings Muslims and non Muslims together and the children have lots of fun”.