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London’s Muslim community celebrates Eid

Today, the Muslim community in London is celebrating Eid, the religious holiday marking the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community.

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With the partial easing of Coronavirus restrictions, Muslims across the capital will be able to meet their loved ones and celebrate the end of fasting with traditional food and gifts for the first time since 2019.

In a morning tweet, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan thanked Muslim Londoners for showing that ‘It’s possible to come together while continuing to keep our distance’.

The celebration for the end of the Ramadan started yesterday evening with a light display, a virtual special event and a call to prayer in Trafalgar Square organised by the Muslim non-profit organisation Ramadan Tent Project.

While Mosques across the city opened their doors for the morning prayer as early as 5:30 AM, London Central Mosque planned a YouTube live stream to make the congregational prayer also accessible remotely.

Photo: Eid prayer time | Source: Silvia Malnati

We asked two Muslim Londoners how they are going to celebrate Eid this year, a few days from the outbreak of the tragic Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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