Crowds turned out in their hundreds this weekend at Cheetham CE Community Academy’s Summer Fayre.
Joined by the Lord Mayor and Counsellor Eddy Newman local residents enjoyed a fantastic array of performances from groups including the Sikh Temple Bangra dancers, Irish Musicians, New Testament Church of God Youth Dancers, Sikh Hymn singers and Bollywood Dancers.
Cheetham Hill poet Safraz Malik also came along to perform his poems for the crowd.
The amazing variety of entertainment created a wonderful, multicultural celebration for the community in Cheetham Hill.
Children also enjoyed some traditional summer fayre antics such as “Splat the Teacher” and “Bat the Rat”. Free face painting was offered for the children, and generous former pupils came along to show their appreciation for their former school by offering free henna painting for all.
Head Teacher, Karen Carter said “This community never cease to amaze us, it’s been a great fun day and lovely to see everyone coming together, having fun and celebrating the talents, skills, languages and tastes that make our community very special”.
“We all came in the rain to show our love for this school.” Said one impressed parent. The day was such a success that the school has vowed to make the summer fayre an annual community event.
PARADE: Prophet Muhammad’s birthday is celebrated with flag waving and free food
WAVING AWAY: Kids celebrate one of the most important dates in the Islamic calendar
Hundreds of people gather on the streets for a joyful party
One of the most important dates in the Islamic calendar saw people line the streets last month for a parade arranged by mosques in Dewsbury, Heckmondwike and Batley.
The Eid Milad procession, which included horse-drawn carts and flag wavers, went through Westtown to Savile Town, and celebrated the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.
The green flags, covered in daffodils and tulips, were waved by adults and children, symbolising love for the environment and nature.
People in procession handed out free cartons of Biryani rice and soft drinks to passersby as well as those in the procession.
The festival took place during Rabi-Ul-Awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar.
After the procession was over, scholar Shaiykh Mufti Sahibzadha Noor-Ul-Arifin said: “This is not a political gathering, but a purely religious peace procession where local Muslims ... can learn about the life of Prophet Muhammad.
A SPECIAL DAY: The parade was arranged by mosques in Dewsbury, Heckmondwike and Batley
“A person with black or white skin, male or female, elderly or young, rich or poor, Muslim or non-Muslim - all were equal to him.
“This was Muhammad’s true Islamic state. He was always teaching his followers to show love and compassion.”
Organisers emphasised that the message of the procession was to spread a message of peace.
No disturbances were reported during the event.
A religious programme was held in the evening at the mosque in Westtown, which included speeches by local Imams.
Speaking to the Asian Express about the importance of this year's Eid-Milad Peace-Procession, senior Muslim Scholar at Kanzul-Iman Jamia Mosque, MuftiShams-Ul-Huda Khan Misbahi explained: “The Islamic festival of Eid-Milad has been celebrated for centuries.
FAMILY TIME: A father and son enjoying the parade
“Its purpose is to spread a message of love and to bring people together from different communities.
“This is why hard-line extremist Wahhabi political groups like Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Boko-Haram, Al-Shabaab and ISIS do not believe in this important Islamic festival.
“They have openly banned Eid-Milad celebrations in those areas of the Middle-East or Afghanistan which are controlled by them.”
He continued: “At the moment, these groups are also using the internet and social-media to spread a lot of false propaganda against the festival of Eid-Milad.
“This is why lots of Mosques feel it is now more important than ever to organise these Eid-Milad public peace-processions which are helping a great deal to teach our youth about the true peaceful message of Islam.”
FLYING THE FLAG: Children wave green flags which represent respect for the environment