As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan draws to a close this week, the council and its partners are wishing residents Eid Mubarak, with a special video from some of the borough’s faith leaders.
Eid comes after followers of Islam have observed a month-long test of their faith, undergoing fasting during daylight hours and regular prayers.
Eid al-Fitr, to use the celebrations full name, takes place once the first sighting of the moon has been spotted on the final day of Ramadan, which is why the date of the festival can move.
As Ramadan ends, we'd like to wish all our Muslim residents a happy Eid Mubarak and we hope you enjoy the festivities
However, unlike Ramadan, worshippers are forbidden to fast during Eid, and feasts, sweet treats and presents are often enjoyed and exchanged during the day-long event.
Director for Strategy and Culture, Henry Gregg said: “Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr are important events in the religious calendar for our Muslim residents and we know this time of year, is about joyous celebrations.
“We would like to thank our local faith leaders, who have expressed Eid greetings in the special video we will be sharing. As Ramadan ends, we'd like to wish all our Muslim residents a happy Eid Mubarak and we hope you enjoy the festivities.”
Members of the Al Madina Mosque, the Barking and Dagenham Muslim Association, Marks Gate Muslim Community, Al Taqwa Mosque, Madina Foundation Dagenham East, Al Noor Mosque and Barking and Dagenham Faith Forum, have all expressed Eid greetings in a special video, the council will share to mark the celebrations.