Our communities are a melting pot of different cultures, and we love to celebrate and embrace the diverse traditions that make our local community so unique. Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr are two significant events for our local Muslim community, and they offer a fantastic opportunity for all of us to learn more about this vibrant culture. Keen to learn more? You’ll want to read on.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is a month-long celebration that takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. During this time, Muslims fast from dawn until sunset to develop self-discipline and empathy for those who are less fortunate. It's also a time for spiritual reflection, increased prayer, and studying the Quran. At sunset, Muslims break their fast with a communal meal known as “Iftar”, and the sense of community that comes from sharing this meal is truly heartwarming.
What is Eid al-Fitr?
Eid al-Fitr is a joyful celebration that marks the end of Ramadan and lasts for three days. It's also known as the "Festival of Breaking the Fast," and it's a time for family, friends—and of course, lots of delicious food! The day begins with a special prayer known as the Eid prayer, followed by lots of socialising and exchanging of gifts and sweets. It's also an opportunity to give to the less fortunate and share the love and happiness of this special occasion with everyone.
How to celebrate Eid al-Fitr
Our retailers are the perfect place to buy clothing and gifts for Eid al-Fitr. From on-trend modest clothing to new season make up products, there's something for everyone. You can also find a range of gifts throughout the centre, which make fantastic presents for your loved ones.
If you’re planning on cooking up a storm this Eid, be sure to pay a visit to our fresh food retailers, who have a delicious range of fresh produce, which is sure to delight your guests. Alternatively, if you’re planning for someone else to take care of the cooking, you’ll want to make a reservation at one of our restaurants.
Ramadan Mubarak! Wishing you a happy and blessed Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, from all of us here at the centre.