As a multi-hub London joins the Eid-al-Fitr (literal translation Festival of Fast-Breaking) festivities that mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is a time of celebration and great religious significance for Muslim communities across the world who gather for a day of unity and forgiveness. To add to the festive atmosphere everyone wears their best clothes and then the party begins!
This year, London’s Eid Festival takes place on 2nd August in Trafalgar Square. The event is free and includes a food festival with cuisines from South Asia, Egypt, Lebanon, Indonesia, live music, performances and celebratory activities. For children, there will dedicated activities such as face-painting, calligraphy and henna.
‘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!’. Mayor of London Boris Johnson, 2013
Many restaurants across London offer the special Iftar menu during Ramadan as well as great venues for Eid celebrations. Below are some recommendations from our Reservations Director, Azhar Mian: