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Festival of Eid to take place at Gravesend

PUBLISHED: 16:22 22 June 2018

The Festival of Eid will take place on Saturday June 23 on Community Square between 1.30pm and 5pm. Picture: Corpix Photography

The Festival of Eid will take place on Saturday June 23 on Community Square between 1.30pm and 5pm. Picture: Corpix Photography

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A community celebration will be taking place this Saturday (June 23) to mark the end of Ramadan.

Last year's Eid Festival. Picture: Corpix PhotographyLast year's Eid Festival. Picture: Corpix Photography

Kent Equality Cohesion Council, working in partnership Gravesham Borough Council, Gravesend and Dartford Muslim Association and Gravesham Muslim Cultural Education Centre have arranged the event.

The Festival of Eid will take place on Saturday June 23 on Community Square between 1.30pm and 5pm.

The celebration will focus on bringing the communities of Gravesham together and will include activities for families and the sharing of free food and soft drinks.

In addition there will be face painting, fun fair rides and entertainment.

The second year of the festival, it is aimed at all communities, faiths and those of no faith.

Gurvinder Sandher from the Kent Equality Cohesion Council said: “People who are aware of our work will know we organise events in Gravesham which at their core bring communities together and celebrate our shared values.

“That is the aim of our Saint George’s Day, Fusion and Christmas Festivals and is the same ethos for the Eid celebrations.

“We have an excellent day planned and hope the local community will come out and join in the family orientated event with free food and entertainment for all to enjoy.”

Ejaz Aslam, the chair of the Gravesend and Dartford Muslim Association, said: “The Festival of Eid is very important to the Muslim community.

“I would be humbled if the wider community can come and join us on Saturday on Community Square and join in the celebrations.

“Everyone is welcome regardless of faith. This is an event for the local community to enjoy.”

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