Brunel University hosted its first ever Eid celebration on the 18th July, attracting 300 people, including Hillingdon councillors and the Mayor of Hillingdon.
Eid, or Eid al-Fitr, means ‘festival of breaking of the fast’ and marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. It is a time for Muslims to congregate and celebrate the end of the fasting period.
Several Hillingdon Councillors turned up to share in the celebrations, as well as the Mayor of Hillingdon, George Cooper and the Mayoress, his wife, Councillor Judith Cooper.
The Eid celebration brought people together from all parts of the community, as students, staff, and members of the public all attended the event to celebrate together. The event included a number of activities for children to take part in, including a bouncy castle and a number of quizzes. There were even quiz session and games for the adults. The event was co-hosted by members of the Union of Brunel Students (UBS), Ali Milani and Yousef Mohamed, along with the Brunel Islamic Society, and the Uxbridge Muslim Association.
Angie Brydges, Brunel Volunteers Interim Manager and local resident said:
"I have never been to an Eid celebration before so I wasn't sure what to expect. Sharing food and participating in the celebrations with the Union staff, Brunel students, and members of the local community was an uplifting experience. My 85 year old father who attended with me commented on the generosity of spirit of all the people he met; the kindness, courtesy and warmth that was shown to him was so well received."
For Brunel, this celebration was both a success and a victory. Speaking at the event, President of the Union, Ali Milani, described it as “A manifestation of our continued efforts to better represent the under-represented.”