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Eid 2022 in Manchester: when is Eid al-Fitr, and what events are taking place to mark end of Ramadan?

Whether it’s a comedy show or a fun-fair full of rides, there are a number of events to celebrate Eid al-Fitr 2022 in Manchester.

As the end of Ramadan is approaching, the attention of Muslims across Manchester will turn to the next big event in the Islamic calendar - Eid al-Fitr.

The month-long fast is scheduled to end on Sunday, May 1.

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But what is Eid al-Fitr, when is it and are there any events in Manchester? Here is everything you need to know.

What is Eid al-Fitr?

Eid - which is Arabic for ‘festival’ or ‘feast’ - marks the end of a fast or a fasting period in the religion of Islam.

It is celebrated twice a year - the first celebration is Eid al-Fitr which lasts three days, and the second is Eid al-Adha which will last four days.

Eid al-Fitr translates to ‘the feast of breaking the fast’ and it marks the end of Ramadan, bringing a joyous end to a month of fasting by the Muslim community.

When does Eid al-Fitr take place?

Eid al-Fitr is celebrated during the first three days of Shawwal, which is the tenth month of the Islamic calendar and begins with the first sighting of a new moon.

Muslims in Muslim countries such as India and Pakistan usually celebrate Eid al-Fitr over the entire three-day period, whereas Muslims in the UK will need to take a day off work or school to celebrate.

Since Islam use a lunar calendar, the date that Eid al-Fitr falls on changes on an annual basis, with Eid normally being 11 days earlier each year.

In 2022, Eid al-Fitr will take place on either Sunday, 1 May or Monday, 2 May.

How is Eid al-Fitr normally celebrated?

During the weeks leading up to Eid, Muslims tend to head to the shops and purchase new clothes and other gifts.

It is customary for Muslims to decorate their homes and dress up in their best attire on the day of Eid al-Fitr to mark the occasion.

Congregational prayers take place throughout Eid, offered at mosques and other outdoor spaces to facilitate the larger crowds.

Friends and family would begin to gather together throughout the day to exchange money and gifts, as well as enjoy a rich feast to mark the end of Ramadan.

Typical foods served at feasts during Eid al-Fitr include:

  • Savoury foods, such as samosas
  • Sweet snacks, such as sheer kurma
  • A chicken tikka curry or a Bengali roast chicken
  • and many many more!

What events are taking place in Manchester for Eid al-Fitr?

The UK is home to over 3.4 million Muslims and therefore many events take place throughout the country to celebrate significant dates and holidays in the Islamic calendar.

With hundreds of Eid al-Fitr events across England, Wales and Scotland set to take place throughout the start of May, are there any events taking place in Manchester?

Here are some Eid al-Fitr events and celebrations taking place in and around Manchester:

Eid in the Park

Monday, 2 May - 10 am to 8 pm

Price: FREE

In what is set out to be a huge celebration of Eid-al-Fitr in Manchester, Eid in the Park is a momentous event that brings families and friends together.

Supported by local mosques in the city, join in with 10,000 other Muslims during the 9:30 am Eid prayer, and then enjoy a host of different foods, stalls and rides.

If you wish to attend, register your interest on its Eventbrite page.

Platt Felds Park, Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6LA

Birch Community Centre Eid Celebration

Saturday, 7 May - 12 pm to 8 pm

Price: £16 per ticket (Non-members) £14 per ticket (Members) Under 3s are FREE

This event in Manchester has something for everyone to celebrate Eid al-Fitr this year.

Boasting an entertainment list that includes table tennis, a bouncy castle, a magician show, face painting and much more.

There will be lots of snacks, soft and hot drinks, as well as a full dinner that is expected to commence at 5:30 pm.

Prayers will take place throughout the day.

Booking is required - for more information visit its AllEvents.in page and fill out its Google Forms if interested in attending.

Birch Community Centre, Brighton Grove, Fallowfield, Manchester

The UK Eid Comedy Jam

Saturday, 7 May - 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Price: £7.06 per ticket or £20 per family (up to five people)

Why not enjoy a laugh and a giggle with friends and family whilst celebrating Eid-al-Fitr in Manchester this year and enjoy The UK Eid Comedy Jam.

With a line-up of eight different Muslim comedians, such as:

  • Prince Abdi
  • Salman Malik
  • Ahmed Bush
  • Fathiya Comedy
  • Mo Omar
  • Nazam Hameed
  • Ibrahim Sesay
  • Emman Idama

You can book tickets through its Eventbrite page, or by contacting the organisers directly at 07899 884989.

Pakistani Community Centre, 481 Stockport Road, Manchester, M12 4NN

Eid Family Fun Day

Khizra Mosque in Cheetham Hill is hosting an Eid Family Fun Day

Saturday, 7 May - 11:00am to 5:00pm

Price: FREE

Khizra Mosque in Cheetham Hill is celebrating the festival with a day of fun activities for all the family.

There will be BBQs, foods from around the world, go-karts, bouncy castles, face painting, henna and mehndi, games and much more.

Khizra Masjid, 425 Cheetham Hill Rd, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M8 0PF

MACFEST 2022: Celebrating Eid in Dubai

Speaking at the opening ceremony of Macfest in 2019. Photo: Phil Portus

Sunday, 1 May: 2:00pm to 3:30pm.

Price: FREE

Macfest, the massive festival which celebrates art and culture around the Muslim world, is taking people on a virtual trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to celebrate Eid.

The online event will link to Dubai where Sharifa Tamsin and her husband Rashid will explain how they celebrate and prepare for Eid in the Middle Eastern country.

Participants will learn about Emirati culture and heritage, cuisine, dress, decorations and shopping.

Online event