Bradford Eid Festival returns! Celebrations set to take over the weekend


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CELEBRATION TIME: Over 6,000 people turned out to the Bradford Eid Festival last year

CELEBRATION TIME: Over 6,000 people turned out to the Bradford Eid Festival last year

Bradford Moor Park is preparing for a holiday takeover next weekend as the annual Eid Festival returns for a third year.

The free event, organised by volunteers, raises funds every year for a charity of choice through the many stalls and activities on offer on the day.

Over 6,000 people, young and old, turned out for the two-day weekend celebrations in 2015 and more are expected to attend this year.

Mohammed Atique is one of the head organisers of the event and volunteers his own time to ensure others can enjoy a ‘celebratory vibe’ for more than just one day.

FAMILY EVENT: The festival offers something for all ages and backgrounds

FAMILY EVENT: The festival offers something for all ages and backgrounds

After seeing the party atmosphere, generated by the holy Islamic day in Pakistan, consume a whole week, he said he wanted to bring that feel to Bradford.

“In Pakistan, you can go out anywhere over Eid and there is this festival like atmosphere that continues for around a week,” he said.

“Here in the UK, we have our celebrations but it tends to just stop on Eid day.

“The festival aims to give families a chance to enjoy themselves together in the weekend over two days and also ensures our festivities can be shared by people of all faiths.”

This year, the Bradford Eid Festival will be raising money for Orphans in Need and promises more activities and stalls than ever before.

“We want to bring communities together through this event and that is why all the volunteers are willing to give up their own time, during Ramadan, to help organise it,” Atique added.

“There is something for everyone on the day and all the money raised goes to a great cause.”

Running from 12pm to 8pm on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July, the Bradford Eid Festival promises more surprises than ever before. For more information, or to book a stall, call 07578 888779.

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