Thursday 23 August 2018

Eid-ul-Adha 2018/1439 - Day 1: Eidfest 2018

We were lucky enough to have an Eidfest event near us this Eid.  The event was organised by 1Eid whose vision is: “We will strengthen and unite local communities by reviving, celebrating and sharing the essence of Eid.” Which is kind of wonderful.

There were a couple of things I liked about this event.  The foremost was the beautiful halal and comfortable environment.  There were Muslims from all of our diverse local communities in their regional finery and I really enjoyed seeing what the sisters were wearing and seeing the kids all dressed up.  We could pray without thinking twice about it and there was space to make ablution.

Entry was cheap (£1 each), although the rides were not, the kids blew all of their Eid money on rides, soft toys and slushees and got an earful from their dad for it.  I browsed the stalls, buying halal sweets, including those cigarette sweets we used to love as kids but can rarely find a halal version of now.

I managed to get onto a ride with the babies that I thought was for little kids.  I have an intense fear of heights and no stomach for any ride apart from the tea cup ride or a carousel if I am feeling brave. I didn’t realise that the ride went up quite high and spun around very fast, so I spent the whole time with my eyes shut and praying to Allah to let the ride finish and promising to be good.  The babies were not scared at all and enjoyed themselves.

The fireworks were quite late and as it was cooling down and the girls didn’t have their cardigans, we ended up getting ready to leave before the fireworks started.  Luckily we had parked all the way at the other end of the park and got to the car to realise that this was where the firework display was and that it was about to start. 

I have never been to a firework display before and I was a little worried the babies would get scared.  We really enjoyed the display and the babies were thrilled (I wonder how a chicken like me has such brave girls).

The Eidfest was a really nice part of our Eid this year and I will look out for it in future years.

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