7 big London events celebrating Eid al-Fitr 2023

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The end of Ramadan is here with Muslims across the world celebrating Eid al-Fitr.

Eid al-Fitr literally translated means ‘holiday of breaking the fast’ and marks the end of a month of fasting.

Though this year the holiday landed on April 21, there are still plenty of events set to take place across London to celebrate.

Still looking for a way to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in the capital? Here are seven events set to take place – from festivals to banquets and even a sports event.

Eid In The Square

Returning for its 18th year, Eid In The Square will take place in Trafalgar Square on April 29.

The Mayor of London’s free festival will feature a number of live performances and stalls for attendees to enjoy.

The theme for this year’s festival supports the Mayor of London’s #LondonForEveryone campaign and focuses on bringing communities together, family, education, and innovation.

Eid In The Square’s main stage will be hosted by Ali Official and Mariah Idrissi with performances from MoYah, The Khan Brothers, Qawwali Group, Silk Road Collective, and FaceSoul.

The grand finale of the entertainment programme will be the Eid Parade grand final led by Dhol drummers.

For the first time, the event will host the Inspiring Muslim Awards which will ‘recognise and celebrate unsung heroes from London’s community who have been nominated by you,’ according to the event website.

There will be numerous refreshment stalls to peruse as well as activities such as calligraphy, storytelling, drama and poetry workshops, mehndi, and face painting in the WAW Creative Arts Kids zone.

Also new to this year’s event, Everyday Muslim will mark its 10th anniversary with a photographic exhibition, audio histories, and heritage workshops.

The full programme for the event – which is free to attend – can be found online.

Location: Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DS

London Eid Festival

Europe’s biggest Eid Festival is back in Westfield from April 29 to May 1.

The festival, set to take place in Westfield in Shepherds Bush, returns for the fourth year for three days of entertainment.

There will be Halal street food stalls, in-store activity, shopping stalls, entertainment, and more across the event.

Henna artists will be on hand to beautify attendees while you will also be able to attend beauty masterclasses and the modest fashion catwalk show.

Jewellery, gifts, fragrances, and homewares will be available at the shopping stalls for you to stock up on Eid gifts, while refreshment stalls will be offering both sweet and savoury treats.

The entertainment stage will be hosting performances throughout the event, while there will also be face-painting artists on hand for the little ones.

What’s more, the event is completely free to attend.

Location: Westfield London, 1081 Ariel Way, London W12 7GF

Ladies Eid Party

The first women’s only Eid celebration is set to take place in Beckenham on April 30.

Organised by Dunia Deen Events, the party will include refreshments and an authentic Eid dinner for those celebrating.

There will be live entertainment in the form of a female DJ as well as a henna and bridal boutique available.

According to the Eventbrite page for this event, no cameras will be allowed.

Tickets will be available at the door, though it is advised to prebook as there is limited availability.

Adult tickets cost £25 online or £30 on the door. Children’s tickets for those aged five to 16 are priced at £10. Boys over the age of five will not be permitted.

Location: Beckenham Public Hall, 4 Bromley Road, Beckenham, BR3 5JE

Annual Eid Al-Fitr Celebration and Bazaar

Shop til you drop and enjoy Indonesian street food at Minang Cuisine.

The eatery’s annual Eid celebration will take place on May 7 and will have a number of stalls and street food for visitors to enjoy.

Atomy UK and Care Humanity will be in attendance at the event, which will run from 2.30pm until 6.30pm.

The event is free to attend, though those wishing to go will need to reserve a spot.

Location: Minang Cuisine, 58 Claremont Road, London, NW2 1BU

Islam Channel Eid Gala Dinner

On May 12 the Islam Channel will host its annual Eid Gala Dinner event.

The event, now in its fourth year, will incorporate fine dining, inspirational speeches, performances, and the chance to network.

The Eventbrite page states: ‘The event will be a gathering of Islam Channel’s friends, supporters, charity and commercial partners and colleagues, with political and community leaders in attendance.’

The dinner will take place from 6.30pm until 11pm with tickets prices at £75 per person.

Location: London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 6JP

Women’s Charity Eid Football Tournament

The Zahra Trust is organising its first women’s five-a-side football tournament for Eid – and they’re still taking registrations.

The match will take place on April 30 at Goals Wembley from 11am until 4pm.

Up to eight players are available per team with a maximum of three subs.

Medals and trophies will be included for those who enter, and the registration free is £90 per team.

Anyone interested can register their interest online.

Location: Goals Wembley, Alperton Lane, Wembley, HA0 1JH

Eid Celebration Concert

The British Moroccan Society (BMS) is set to host a special Eid Celebration Concert.

Set to take place on May 5, the event will see performances from Aicha Tachinouite, Younes El Boulmani, and Mohamed El Gharniti who are all travelling from Morocco for the event.

The concert will also feature a set from UK-based Morrocan artist Cheb Nacim.

All proceeds from the event will support the BMS’ charitable giving programme in Morroco.

Regular tickets are priced at £40 each, with VIP tickets available for £70 that include the opportunity to meet with the artists and have Moroccan tea and sweets after the event.

Location: Cavendish Banqueting, Colindale, Edgware Road, London, NW9 5AE

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