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Celebrating Eid in Ilford


Celebrating Eid in Ilford

Being right at the heart of immense culture, FML estates greatly values the vibrance of festivities symbolic to the community here in Ilford. We believe the character of a property embodies the culture of its surroundings. With Eid being upon us, there is an intangible atmosphere of joy and happiness to be felt as locals come together and celebrate. 


What is Eid?


You may be aware that Eid happens twice a year and is one of the holiest occasions in the Islamic calendar. This week, Muslims across the world are celebrating Eid al-Adha, which means ‘feast of the sacrifice’, and marks the end of the yearly hajj pilgrimage. This is celebrated two months after Eid al-Fitr, known as ‘the feast of breaking the fast’, which marks the end of Ramadan. However, as both names are often shortened to Eid, it can be confusing to differentiate between the two. 


Have you ever wondered why the dates of Eid vary every year?  It may be of interest to know that such festivals are based on the Islamic lunar calendar (phases of the moon) as opposed to the solar calendar. 


How is Eid celebrated in Ilford?


Eid al-Adha is celebrated by sacrificing a sheep or a goat as a reminder of Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah, marking it as a very significant celebration in the Islamic calendar. However, both celebrations of Eid often entail a prayer, a sharing of gifts, feasting and giving charity. The Ilford Islamic Centre is the largest and most renowned mosque in Redbridge. As well as it being a focal point of the local community, it draws in followers from across the country. 


Ilford lane really embodies the essence of diverse Asian culture that emanates from its vast array of locally run shops and businesses. Eid celebrations inspire the community to create a joyous atmosphere that can be truly relished by anyone and everyone. 


There are a number of events that are organised in the area, some of which take place in the renowned hot spots of Ilford such as Valentines Park. By inviting Muslim families into a prayer together followed by a funfair packed day and delicious halal foods, there is an undeniable emphasis of unity here. 


Celebrating culture is kept at the helm of this East London town, something everyone should have the chance to experience first-hand. Whatever way you choose to celebrate the beautiful occasion of Eid, from the FML estates team, we wish you and your loved ones Eid Mubarak. 


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