Yesterday (May 2) marked the end of Ramadan, with Eid celebrations commencing across London and the world. And, later this week (May 7), one of the largest gatherings to mark Eid is taking place in the capital, as Eid In The Square returns for its 17th year.
After two years off (caused by the pandemic), Eid In The Square is coming back to Trafalgar Square for the first time since 2019, so you can expect celebrations to be bigger than ever.
Those attending the festivities will be treated to a showcase of the very best Islamic inspired art, culture and comedy; and can expect contemporary and traditional performances on the main stage. Acts include Baha Yetkin Sufi Ensemble, Nafees Ifran & Qalandar Qawwali Band, Dur Dur Band, Star Children’s Choir, as well as spoken word poet Hussain Manawer. A comedy sketch show from “The Halalians” is also set for the stage, and Alif New Beginnings will be present vibrant Eid carnival costumes to Trafalgar Square in celebration.
Plus, all the entertainment comes alongside a plethora of food stalls from around the world, including a pop-up from the acclaimed music producer Naughty Boy Kitchen, who will serve up dishes “fusing his British upbringing and Pakistani heritage”.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “I’m so excited to be bringing Eid in the Square back to London after two years away. Celebrating the end of Ramadan with Londoners and visitors from all backgrounds demonstrates again how diversity is London’s greatest strength.
“We’ve got a fantastic line-up of entertainment for all the family to enjoy, showcasing the hugely positive cultural impact that Muslim communities have on our city and beyond. In London, we don’t just tolerate our diversity, we celebrate it.”
Eid In The Square is an event for the whole family, taking place between midday and 6pm. There will also be an array of activities from calligraphy to storytelling to mehndi to face painting and poetry workshops. Sports activities held by Muslin Girls Fencing and Sisterhood FC are also due to take place.
Last night, the London Eye lit up in a special crescent moon display to celebrate Eid in London.
Tufail Hussain, Director of Islamic Relief UK, said: “Islamic Relief UK are delighted to be the proud partner of this year’s Eid in the Square. We look forward to seeing all communities in London coming together to celebrate this special occasion, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
“Families will gather together to enjoy food stalls, entertainment and fun activities and will also be able to support Islamic Relief UK with its life saving work across the world.
“We would especially like to thank the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and his office for organising what will be a very special and memorable event for all communities to enjoy.”
Eid In The Square takes place this Saturday, May 7 between midday and 6pm at Trafalgar Square.