People from a host of cultures and faiths in Burton came together to celebrate the end of the Muslim holiday of Eid.
Held at the Pakistani Community Centre, in Uxbridge Street, Burton, scores of people attended to join in the festivities throughout the day on Sunday, September 10.
With the second Eid celebration of 2017, which ran for five days ending the week before, on Monday, September 4, representatives from the Pakistani Centre were eager to get as many people together to share the festivities.
The centre had its doors wide open to allow anyone who wanted to to join in the festivities.
A series of stalls decorated the hall and people young and old were able to grab a bite to eat and browse the information on offer.
Trade Union workers from Burton had a stall, as well as Queen’s Hospital, Staffordshire Police and the Women Against State Pension Inequality, WASPI.
Councillor Syed Hussain, who represents Anglesey ward on East Staffordshire Borough Council, helped to organise the events and has thanked everyone who attended and celebrated Eid together.
Councillor Hussain said: "It was really fantastic; it was so amazing to see so many people come, not just Muslims.
"We were eager to stress that this event was for anyone and everyone to attend and help to celebrate together.
"It was a good opportunity just to let our hair loose, and really just relax."
There was an inflatable slide outside of the hall, which captured the attention of not just children, but adults too.
May Low, a member of Burton's Women Against State Pension Inequality, WASPI, attended the celebrations and was able to hand out information about the group.
She said: "The Eid party was really well attended. Burton WASPI group was invited by Councillor Hussain and it was a lovely and friendly event.
"We were made very welcome and given some delicious food. It was great to see people from different backgrounds come together and enjoy a Sunday afternoon of fun.
"It was a great event and was real privilege to be invited."
What is Eid?
The second Eid celebration of 2017 has just ended and is one of the holiest days of the Muslim religion calendar across the world.
In each year, there are two Eid events with the first Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan, a month of daily fasting which normally lands around June.
The second is Eid al-Adha, or sometimes known as Eid ul Adhu, commonly seen as the greater Eid and more holy than its counterpart.
In translation, Eid al-Adha means festival or feast of the sacrifice. It marks the date when Ibrahim was commanded by Allah to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, to show his devotion.
Ibrahim was about to go through with the sacrifice of his son when he was handed a lamb to kill instead. This is actually similar to the Christian and Jewish accounts in which God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac.
The story is well known as it demonstrates devotion to Allah and willingness to accept the command of the Almighty.
Muslim men, women and children all dress to the nines, in their best clothes and perform Eid prayers outdoors in a large congregation.
At the beginning of each day, a prayer service is held which Muslims recite from the Qur'an, which is closely followed by a brief sermon, a religious speech or talk.
Each person will then embrace and exchange greetings, hand presents to children and visit their families and friends.
But unlike Eid al-Fitr, there are no stalls, refreshments or family activities during the holiday.
Should the weather try to dampen the day and rain appears, prayers are held indoors at nearby mosques instead of staying outdoors.
Most Muslims will perform a full body washing ritual, known as ghusl, before going to their prayers.
During ghusl, both hands are washed up until the wrist, then private parts are washed and all dirt is cleaned from the body. Water is then poured over the head three times to allow it to flow across the body.
Domestic animals are traditionally sacrificed as part of the festival, normally a sheep, goat or cow. This is to represent the sacrifice in the original story told. British law insists that the animal must be killed in a slaughterhouse.
A third of the meat is kept by the family, another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbours, and then the third is handed to the poor and needy. The sacrificial meat is often served at large family gatherings.
Muslims often go shopping for new Eid clothes a few days before the celebrations, so Islamic retailers tend to hold their biggest sales at this time.