Eid Birmingham: 30,000 Muslims gather in Small Heath Park for one Europe’s largest celebrations

It’s the first time that people were able to gather together for Eid since Covid

Almost 30,000 Muslims gathered in a Birmingham park on Bank Holiday Monday (May 2) to take part in one of the largest Eid celebrations in Europe.

Worshippers from across the globe descended on Small Heath Park from 6am to mark the end of Ramadan.

Following a religious month of dawn to dusk fasting, Eid is a single day that signals the end of Ramadan and the start of the next month, Shawwal.

Organisers said almost 30,000 people attended the event which is the first time it has been held since Covid forced it to be cancelled for two years.

Drone image of Small Heath Park released by the organisers of Birmingham’s giant Eid celebration, May 2 2022

Saleem Ahmed, project manager for Eid in the Park said: "Eid is a joyous occasion, where Muslims come together to celebrate, spend time with family and worship as a community.

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“It is a relief to have such an important celebration return to some normality after such a long time."

A second celebration was held at Edgbaston Stadium in the city and saw 2,000 people attend for prayers which started at 7.45am.

They then descended on the numerous games available - which included fairground rides, miniature golf, cricket coaching and laser clay pigeon shooting.

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