Eid 2019: Why are there two Eids?

Thousands of Muslims across Leicester are celebrating Eid today, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan.

This morning saw Leicester’s Muslim communities come together to join in prayer, hailing one of the most important days in the Muslim calendar.

The day is then spent with families and enjoying festivities. One of the biggest events in the city today is the Eid Festival at Victoria Park.

Children enjoy the rides at the Eid Festival in Victoria Park

The event has free funfair rides, food stalls, shopping discounts, henna tattoo artists and other events to mark the special day.

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The event welcomes people from all walks of life. The organisers said: “Everybody is welcome at the Eid Festival irrespective of their background – it is open to anybody from the city.”

The festivities have taken place in Victoria Park for the past few years and enjoyed by thousands. One participant, Zain, said: “It brings everybody together, all communities and the children have lots of fun.”

Another participant said: “I feel overjoyed. Everyone’s here together. What a lovely day.”

Why are there two Eids?

Eid-al-Fitr is traditionally the first Eid festival of the year, which is celebrated at the end of Ramadan – a month of fasting from dawn until sunset.

Eid al-Adha is celebrated later in the year, around the time of the Hajj – an annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Muslims are expected to make this trip at least once in their lifetime.

On both Eids, Muslims will go to special prayers at a mosque. They will then celebrate the rest of the day with family and friends.

If you are celebrating Eid, we wish you all Eid Mubarak.

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