Our wonderful city welcomed a record-breaking 140,000 Muslims today (15/06) for Europe’s largest Eid celebration – the day to mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
Celebrate Eid took place at Small Heath Park, where men, women and children gathered for morning prayer before enjoying festivities such as fairground rides, miniature golf and laser clay pigeon shooting, as well as food and drink from local food stalls.
Organised by Green Lane Masjid & Community Centre (GLMCC), Celebrate Eid is now in its seventh year and has grown in popularity since the first major event in 2011, when 12,000 people attended. Last year’s event brought 106,000 people to the city to take part in the celebrations.
A spokesperson for Green Lane Masjid & Community Centre, 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.”
On the 27th night of Ramadan, Green Lane Masjid raised over £400,000 for the Saving Syria Project and over £1 million across the entire month of Ramadan.
Over 200 people have volunteered to help clean the park after the celebrations.
To learn more about the Green Lane Masjid & Community Centre’s initiatives, visit http://www.greenlanemasjid.org/