East Lancashire residents gear up for Eid

East Lancashire residents gear up for Eid

East Lancashire residents gear up for Eid Buy this photo

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

EID Al-Fitr is expected to be fall on Monday, but depending when the crescent moon starts to show, it may be celebrated on Tuesday.

Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and is the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast.

During Eid, Muslims not only celebrate the end of fasting, but thank Allah for the help and strength that he gave them throughout Ramadan to help them practise self-control.

The festival begins when the first sight of the new moon is seen in the sky, and last for three days.

During Eid special services are held in Mosques, and in Muslim countries there are processions through the streets.

Families and friends also come together to exchange gifts, which are usually given to children, and to share celebratory meals.

The meals, which are eaten during daytime, will be the first daytime meal Muslims will have had in a month.

Muslims also usually buy new clothes to dress in at Eid, and visit cemetries to pay respect to lost loved ones.

At Eid it is obligatory to give money to charity, which is used to help poor people buy new clothes and food so that they too can celebrate.

Community worker Faz Patel MBE said: “Muslims in East Lancashire are really, really looking forward to Eid this year, people are looking forward to it because it’s been a long 19 to 20 hours fast.

“I will be spending time with my parents and elderly grandparents, and I’ll go round to everybody’s house eating little bits of food.

“I’ll be visiting eleven cousins’ houses, so by the end of the day I’ll have eaten so much.

“I’ll also be visiting the cemetery and offering prayers at the mosque.

“Eid is a time to celebrate the end of Ramadan, it’s a time to spend with family and friends, to give presents to our youngsters, but most of all it’s about appreciating what we have after we’ve fasted for 30 days, and we also need to not forget about poor people.”

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3:54pm Sat 26 Jul 14

glossopkid says...

Faz Patel MBE. What was the MBE for?
Faz Patel MBE. What was the MBE for? glossopkid
  • Score: 9

6:43pm Sat 26 Jul 14

sen c b l says...

Faz Patel a fire safety officer and awarded an MBE for his community cohesion effort and sincere contribution.
Good on you pal and Happy Eid to all you Eid'ers!
Faz Patel a fire safety officer and awarded an MBE for his community cohesion effort and sincere contribution. Good on you pal and Happy Eid to all you Eid'ers! sen c b l
  • Score: 9

10:01pm Sat 26 Jul 14

zabby says...

Going to be chaos on the roads
Going to be chaos on the roads zabby
  • Score: -9

6:44am Sun 27 Jul 14

Reasons says...

Residents gear up!!! Yes enjoy the celebrations but also please be aware of the people who are tired of speeding cars ,abuse that the teenagers seem to find acceptable now
Eid Mubarak
Residents gear up!!! Yes enjoy the celebrations but also please be aware of the people who are tired of speeding cars ,abuse that the teenagers seem to find acceptable now Eid Mubarak Reasons
  • Score: 6

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