Eid 2022 in London: when is Eid al-Fitr, and what events are taking place to mark the end of Ramadan?

Muslims all over the world come together at this time of year to celebrate the end of Ramadan by breaking bread with family and friends.

Thousands of Muslims in London will celebrate Eid al-Fitr in various ways.

When Ramadan ends, it will have been a month of fasting, a time where Muslims do not consume food or drink between dawn and sunset.

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When is Eid al-Fitr?

Eid al-Fitr immediately follows after the end of Ramadan. Ramadan this year ends on Sunday, 1 May, with Eid following on Monday, 2 May.

What is Eid al-Fitr?

Eid al-Fitr is one of two religious holidays in the Islamic calendar, and is a Muslim festival to signal the end of Ramadan.

Eid al-Fitr translates to “festival of breaking fast” and is celebrated worldwide. It is commonplace for celebrations to include gift giving, festive meals and social gatherings.

It is forbidden to fast on the day of Eid, however it is not unusual for some Muslims to fast for another six days after Eid. This is because there is a belief that a good deed in Islam is rewarded ten times. So another six days on top of the 30 days prior will create a year of good fortune.

What events are happening near me?

  • Eid Festival

The 1Eid festival and prayer is now entering its 16th year, and is a great way to celebrate Eid in London.

There will be food stalls, and other stalls, funfair and games, fireworks and more as this event starts on Sunday, 1 May at 9am and ends on Monday, 2 May at 10:30pm.

You can attend for certain events only, such as the fireworks display and prayers but day tickets can also be purchased.

Tickets can be purchased from Eventbrite with firework and festival tickets costing £1.67. Family tickets up to a family of 10 can also be purchased, and varies in price depending on how many of the family will be attending.

Address: Goodmayes Park, Aberdour Road, Ilford, IG3 9RT - Eventbrite.co.uk/Eid

  • Eid al-Fitr

With this event, you can celebrate Eid with Bollywood actress Shahnaz Rizwan who will be performing a live poetry and comedy performance.

She has appeared in movies such as Jimmy Will Play and Yeh Hai Mohabbatein.

Tickets for this event are free, but you register for the event on Eventbrite and this event will take place on Saturday, 7 May 2022 from 3 - 4pm.

Address: Lea Bridge Library, Lea Bridge Road, London, E10 7HU - Eventbrite.co.uk/Eid

  • Eid al-Fitr Finchley

This event is a fun filled day at a primary school, and will include:

  • Enjoy a performance by our star guest Khaleel Muhammed and be part of his unique drumming competition.
  • Bouncy MEGA Slide and Soft play with plenty of volunteers to give parents some time to enjoy the entertainment.
  • Face painting by the talented Maryam Luong’s Team.
  • Islamic Quiz competition with 3 prize winners.
  • Football Shoot-out.
  • Eid Cupcake decorating
  • Photo booth with Eid props.
  • Finger food and drinks.

All of these events are included in the ticket price which is £6 for adults, £10 for those over 2 with people aged under 2 getting in free of charge, and can be purchased from Eventbrite.

Only balloons will be sold for another fee on the day, which takes place on Saturday, 7 May from 2pm - 5:30pm.

Address: Chalgrove Primary School, Chalgrove Gardens, London, N3 3PL - Eventbrite.co.uk/EidChalgrove