Eid Celebrations Return To Trafalgar Square

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 8 months ago
Eid Celebrations Return To Trafalgar Square
People crown under Nelson's Column to celebrate Eid
Image: Greater London Authority/Caroline Teo

Eid celebrations return to Trafalgar Square on 7 May, with a day of Islamic inspired art, culture and comedy.

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the fasting/praying/reflecting period of Ramadan for Muslims. It falls on 2/3 May, and Eid in the Square will be celebrated in Trafalgar Square the following weekend. There's plenty for everyone to get stuck into, including:

  • Live performances from Baha Yetkin Sufi Ensemble, Nafees Ifran & Qalandar Qawwali Band, Dur Dur Band, Star Children's Choir and spoken word poet Hussain Manawer.
  • A Naughty Boy Kitchen pop-up serving British/Pakistani fusion dishes.
  • Sketch comedy from The Halalians.
  • Family-friendly activities including calligraphy, storytelling, mehndi, face painting, and drama and poetry workshops.
  • Sports activities including Muslim Girls Fencing and Sisterhood FC.
  • Colourful Eid carnival costumes courtesy of Alif New Beginnings.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: "I'm so excited to be bringing Eid in the Square back to London after two years away. Celebrating the end of Ramadan with Londoners and visitors from all backgrounds demonstrates again how diversity is London’s greatest strength."

Eid in the Square takes place in Trafalgar Square from 12pm-6pm on Saturday 7 May, and it's free to attend.

On Monday 2 May, meanwhile, the London Eye will be illuminated with a crescent moon light display at 7.45pm, to mark Eid al-Fitr.

Last Updated 29 April 2022