Showmen on hand for Eid celebrations in Birmingham

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The carnival atmosphere was in abundance at Small Heath Park in Birmingham last week, as up to 60,000 Muslim worshippers came to celebrate Eid in one of the largest gatherings of its kind in the country.

The carnival atmosphere was in abundance at Small Heath Park in Birmingham last week, as up to 60,000 Muslim worshippers came to celebrate Eid in one of the largest gatherings of its kind in the country.

The event, hosted by a committee of five mosques located throughout the city, saw crowds gather to give traditional Eid-Al-Adha prayers, which denote the end of the Hajj – the annual pilgrimage many thousands of Muslims make to Mecca.

The celebrations following Eid-Al-Adha last for up to three days, and have provided a massive surge of traffic to local restaurants and amusement businesses, including local funfair operators.

“Eid is our biggest event of the year,” local fairground owner Robert Wilkinson told The Birmingham Mail. “What you see is people of all different communities mixing in together. How lovely it is.”

And indeed, event organiser and local councillor Majid Mahmood was keen to stress inclusion when it came to the festivities.

“After the prayer many of us come to enjoy the fair,” he remarked. “There’s literally thousands of people – everyone is welcome, Muslims and non-Muslims alike.”


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