Eid celebrations on The Curry Mile in Rusholme divide locals

By Marya Yasin

Flash cars, blaring music and yellow-jacketed police patrols  – you would be forgiven for thinking that this scene directly from ‘The Fast and Furious’.

This is however, Wilmslow Road during, Eid-al-Adha, the Muslim festival celebrating the end of pilgrimage.

There are two Eid’s for Muslims, the other is Eid-ul-Fitr which marks the end of Ramadhan.

Eid-al-Adha lasts for three days and it goes without saying that Wilmslow Road saw mass celebration from Sunday onwards.

Young Muslim and women pulled out all the stops.

For the men, facial hair had to be manicured and clothes had to be Armani. For the women, beehives had to be big enough to make the late Amy Winehouse blush.

Cars were hired and the soundtrack played had to be bhangra or the latest Bollywood song.
However, as Mancunian Matters discovered some locals were unhappy with the celebrations.

Tahir Shafiq, 45, owner of Ton Jewellers on Wilmslow Road, said: “People come from different places to enjoy Eid here. I don’t like it personally when they are celebrating. They just gather together and shout.”
Mr Shafiq added that said celebrations are not good for business.

Police patrolled the Curry Mile in fear of any possible trouble.

However, Shahbaz Khan, 35 a local newsagent, said such celebrations have never transpired into violence.

Mr Khan pointed out that a lot of people from Birmingham and Liverpool come to Manchester to celebrate and very few Mancunians join in.
His sentiment was echoed by Zulfiqar Ali, 24, from Manchester.

Mr Ali said: “I wouldn’t personally bring my family onto this road because you get a lot of idiots coming from out of town.

“They are the ones who have messed Manchester up for us.”
He pointed to a BMW A5 and BMW X6, both seating glamorous-looking men.

“All of them are out-of towners,” he said.

Today is the last day of Eid-al-Adha.

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