The Festival of Sacrifice: Greater Manchester Muslims head to Rusholme to celebrate Eid

By Kim Richards

Thousands of Muslims from across Greater Manchester are preparing to head to Rusholme tonight to celebrate Eid-al-Adha.

This is the latter of the two Eid celebrations of the year, and is known as ‘the festival of sacrifice’ and coincides with the Hajj, the global pilgrimage to Mecca.

Eid-al-Adha is an opportunity for Muslims to thank Allah for the blessings they have received.

Following disruption during Eid in August, Greater Manchester Police will be hoping for a peaceful closing to the festival on Friday night.

Superintendent Serena Kennedy, of the South Manchester division, said: “Eid is an important date in the Muslim calendar and we are extremely proud that Rusholme is a focal point for Muslim communities throughout the UK.

“This festival traditionally attracts a large amount of visitors to Manchester and they will be given a warm welcome.”

Following both sessions of prayers, the community will retire to spend time with their loved ones.

Councillor Bernard Priest, Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “Rusholme is an important focal point for members of Greater Manchester’s Muslim community.

 “We’re working closely with police, businesses and members of the community to make sure the celebrations remain safe and trouble-free.”

Celebrations will begin in Rusholme at 6pm and continue through the night with Manchester’s famous ‘curry mile’ will remain through the duration of the festival.

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