Around 2,000 people celebrated at an Eid festival in Huddersfield last night.
The event – where visitors were coming and going all evening – was held at the studios of Radio Sangam, Kirklees’ only Asian community radio station. The studios are based in Miln Road, Birkby, and the event was broadcast live on radio throughout the district.
Mr Qaisar Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer for Radio Sangam, said it was a real family event with a very good atmosphere. Local musicians and other artistes from India and Canada provided entertainment, including Shery Hassan, winner of Pakistan’s Got Talent, and Aidan Mufti, a Huddersfield singer who has just released his latest single Waada.
"Other entertainers on stage were Sonaash, two dancing sisters who are in Bollywood films and had just landed from India, and the bhangra group, Shahara."
There was also plenty of traditional Asian food and clothes and jewellery were on sale.
West Yorkshire Fire Service had a fire engine on site and firefighters chatted to children about fire safety.
The Chaand Raat Eid festival marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, and is traditionally held the night before Eid.
Mr Mahmood said the vast majority of people who attended were from Kirklees, but there were visitors from Manchester, Leeds, Halifax, Bradford and other areas. He added that he was pleased that the event attracted non-Muslim people as well.
He said other towns and cities with a significant Muslim population held similar festivals, and they thought Kirklees deserved one too.
What is Eid Al-Fitr?
• The holy month of Ramadan has ended, and Muslims in Huddersfield are enjoying Eid celebrations.
• The dates of Ramadan change in accordance with lunar cycles, and can vary by around 11 days each year. This year, Muslims across the UK began a month of fasting, prayer and self-reflection on Monday June 6.
• Eid Al-Fitr is one of the two major holidays of Islam.
• This year most Muslims are celebrating Eid Al-Fitr this week (around July 6).
• Eid AL-Fitr is a five-day holiday in Pakistan and Oman, and it began on Tuesday (July 5).
• To celebrate Eid, Muslims gather at a mosque for prayer, before spending the day with family and friends.
• It is custom to wish people ‘Eid Mubarak’ or ‘Blessed Eid’.
• Although Eid Al-Fitr is not a public holiday in the UK, some schools and businesses do allow Muslim pupils and staff members time off to celebrate the holiday.