Mayor announces plans for Eid Festival in Trafalgar Square
As Muslims in London and around the world observe the month of Ramadan, Mayor Boris Johnson has confirmed plans to mark Eid-ul-Fitr with a free festival in Trafalgar Square.
Eid-ul-Fitr literally means 'breaking the fast' and signals the end the holy month of fasting. For the first time there will be a food festival which will offer people the opportunity to sample delicacies from across the Islamic world, including Turkey, Lebanon, India and Morocco. The free event offers a welcome to people from all communities and faiths and is suitable for the whole family, with stage entertainment, exhibitions, children's activities and more. Those appearing on the main stage will include nasheed artists Adam Ali, Suhail Ahmed, and Saif Adam.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: 'Muslims in London and across the world are fasting for the blessed month of Ramadan and spending time in prayer and contemplation. When it ends, comes a time of happiness and celebration, as well as forgiveness and unity. I hope that Londoners from all communities will take the opportunity to join our festivities in Trafalgar Square. Eid Mubarak!'
The Eid Festival is presented by the Mayor in association with the Eid Committee, a voluntary body made up of representatives from various Muslim community groups and organisations in London. Lebara is the presenting partner. Zee TV is the media partner. More details about the full programme will be announced in shortly. Event: Eid Festival Location: Trafalgar Square Date: Saturday 17 August 2013 Time: 13.30-18.00 Entry: FREE Information: www.london.gov.uk/eid