Eid al-Fitr is an important Islamic holiday for Muslim communities across the United Kingdom. This event involves many Muslims waking up early and praying either at an outdoor prayer ground or a mosque. People dress in their finest clothes and adorn their homes with lights and other decorations.
Old wrongs are forgiven and money is given to the poor. Special foods are prepared and friends or relatives are invited to share the feast. Gifts and greeting cards are exchanged and children receive presents. Eid al-Fitr is a joyous occasion but its underlying purpose is to praise God and give thanks to him, according to Islamic belief.
The Eid Festival has been annually held in Trafalgar Square in London to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, bringing diverse communities, families and friends together. It features live entertainment, stalls, exhibitions, and children’s activities. Muslim communities in the UK also organize their own festivities.