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Record-breaking crowd gather for Muslim festival in Birmingham

When over 140 000 Muslims gathered for record-breaking Eid celebrations at a park in Birmingham, there were no women to be seen taking part.

Published: June 18, 2018, 10:44 am

    Birmingham

    Eid, which means “festival of breaking the fast” at the end of Ramadan, is an Islamic religious holiday. The event in Birmingham’s Small Heath Park is Europe’s largest gathering of its kind, the London Evening Standard reported.

    Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam which are five obligations every Muslim must adhere to.

    The event has grown from a small festival with 12 000 worshippers in 2011, to the massive celebration it is currently. Men of all ages came together for Friday morning prayers before enjoying a festive outing.

    A spokesman for an organisation involved in the planning told the LES: “This celebration is one of the most important in the Islamic religious calendar and it’s an opportunity for us all to come together in peace and unity.

    “We’re overwhelmed that so many people from different faiths and from across the world have travelled to Birmingham for this year’s Celebrate Eid.”

    The record-breaking gathering in Birmingham was organised by Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre (GLMCC), the BBC reported. Some 106 000 Muslims attended the event last year.

    Over 200 volunteers worked to clear up the park once the festivities have concluded.

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