Eid Mubarak wishes from Burdett-Coutts!

Eid Mubarak wishes from Burdett-Coutts!

We may have different religions, different languages, different coloured skin, but we all belong to one human race..”

Kofi Annan

Eid al-Fitr is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Ramadan is a time for Muslims to devote themselves to their faith, with multiple prayers said and charitable acts encouraged during this time, to bring them closer to Allah.

The Arabic name Eid al-Fitr translates in English to ‘festival of the breaking of the fast‘ and the timing of this festival is based on the Islamic lunar calendar and the sighting of the new moon. On or around the 29th day of Ramadan, observers will look for a sighting of the Shawwal moon, using either the naked eye or high powered telescopes.

If the moon is seen, Ramadan is deemed to have ended. If not, then Ramadan will go on for another day, and the next month (Shawwal) will start the day after that, beginning with the festivities of Eid al-Fitr to mark and celebrate the end of Ramadan’s fasting.

This year, Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on the 24th of May. Usually members of the Islamic community will mark this day with colourful celebrations, throwing food festivals, performing music and spending time with friends and family. Sadly due to the current Covid-19 circumstances, this year will see markedly different Eid al-Fitr celebrations for many around the world.

We appreciate the challenges this brings for the Muslim families and staff of our Burdett-Coutts community and our thoughts and wishes are with you all. From all of us at Burdett-Coutts, the utmost of happiness, joy, peace and prosperity on this blessed occasion. Wishing you and your families Eid Mubarak!