Hundreds gather to celebrate Eid across Blackburn

Published Wednesday 6 July 2016 at 13:14

People have been celebrating Eid this morning with an outdoor prayer event held at Witton Park.

Eid in the Park Blackburn Committee organised the event to help unite the communities of Blackburn and the surrounding areas, whether Muslims or otherwise.

Around 1200 people arrived at the park this morning for the 8.30am Eid Al-Fitr day where people came together for the Eid prayers.

The celebrations are an important milestone as thousands of people across the borough have spent the last four weeks fasting for around 19 hours a day.

The Eid celebrations mark the end of Ramadhan.

Council Leader Mohammed Khan said:

“Eid is always an important time as it brings people, communities and families together.

“It’s especially pleasing to see that other communities have also come together to show support for their neighbours celebrating Eid. This highlights that togetherness is one of the strengths of this borough.

“I am especially pleased that this year there was one Eid on one day for everyone across the UK to celebrate together. I hope everyone has enjoyed the celebrations so far.”

He added:

“It’s fantastic to see so many people coming together at Witton Park, it’s good to give people a choice of where they can go to pray, whether that be at the mosque or together in the park . When you have been fasting for a month it’s a nice way to be able to share Eid with everybody.”

The event’s Charity partner is the Human Appeal and proceeds from the three days will be donated to the good cause.

The celebrations in Blackburn will continue with events at Witton Park this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10, 2016.

A family fun festival has been organised, where people from all communities are invited to take part in a variety of different activities including:

  • funfair rides
  • donkey rides
  • bouncy castle
  • mini golf/crazy golf
  • archery
  • food stalls
  • ice cream vans
  • clothing stalls
  • free islamic material
  • & much more.
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