The end of Ramadan saw a huge turnout in Birmingham, with over 106,000 Muslims gathering in celebration.
The huge event, which took place on June 25th at Small Heath Park, was the largest Eid event in Europe. It brought together men, women and children from the world over, even as far as Pakistan and America, to take part.
The event kicked off with morning prayers at 9am before celebrators hit the fairgrounds, with featured everything from rides to stalls to authentic Asian cooking, as well as miniature golf, laser clay pigeon shooting and more.
The event was organised by the Green Lane Masjid & Community Centre who said “This celebration is one of the most important in the Islamic religious calendar and it’s an opportunity for us all to come together in peace and unity.”
“We’re all overwhelmed that so many people from different faiths and from across the world have travelled to Birmingham for this year’s Celebrate Eid.
“We’ve been working for months with five local Mosques and our charity partner Human Appeal to organise the community for a memorable day of prayer, games and fun.”
The event has grown by a huge amount since its inception. Back in 2012, Celebrate Eid saw only 12,000 in attendance. However with the huge crowds can concern. Patrolling the event were armed police officers and extra patrols.
During the month of Ramadan, observers raised over £435,000 in a single night for the international humanitarian aid charity Human Appeal.
Othman Moqbel, CEO of Human Appeal, said: “It is a great honour once again for Human Appeal to be part of Celebrate Eid; the biggest gathering of Muslims in Europe.
“As well as tragedy throughout the holy month of Ramadan, there has been unrivalled generosity.
“British Muslims have given so much to help those in need here in the UK and around the globe.
“This Eid we celebrate the generosity of the Muslim community.”