Happy Eid al Adha!

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Eid al Adha, the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide each year. The date holds a profound significance, marking the culmination of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, one of the five pillars of Islam, a journey of immense spiritual importance.

The date may vary according to moon sightings in different parts of the world. In the UK, Eid-al Adha 2024 is predicted to be on Sunday 16 June. This is an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate. 

This year, as in previous years, a number of gatherings are expected to take place across the borough from Saturday 15 June.

Our priority is always keeping families, friends, and communities safe. Please see the details below of where public gatherings are expected to take place. 

Gatherings in Green Street between Barking Road and Romford Road

Spontaneous gatherings are expected to occur in and around Green Street from Saturday 15 June making the area very busy.  

It may be necessary for the Metropolitan Police to close Green Street if there are large crowds in the area to ensure the safety of our residents. If this closure occurs, all traffic, including buses, will need to be diverted. Congestion and delays are possible, and we would encourage road users to avoid the area if possible and seek alternative routes. 

Residents are being advised to use public transport, to walk or cycle to the location.  
Green Street shops will be open as usual and will be selling a range of goods to celebrate Eid, with many of them being specialist South Asian goods and food stores.  

Staying Safe 

Street stalls are expected. Before purchasing food or drink from any stalls that may be operating, please make sure that the food is being stored and sold in a safe way. Hot food should be kept and served hot, and cold food kept and served cold. If not, the food may not be safe to eat. If you have any food allergies remember to speak with the seller and ask for ingredient information. If possible, buy from a food outlet that you know and not from a stall in the street. 

Do not put your own safety at risk by buying food or goods that you are not sure are safe, such as toys or henna products from street sellers. Environmental Health Officers and Trading Standards Officers will seize or remove from sale any food or counterfeit goods that are unsafe.  

Please be aware that pickpockets may operate in large crowds. The use of fireworks is not permitted. Community safety enforcement and police patrols in and around the area will be conducted to provide a visible presence and reassurance. 

Prayer Gatherings in Newham Parks 

Short Eid prayers will take place across a number of parks in Newham. The gatherings will be observed at a designated area of the parks. 

Other information  

We would encourage everyone attending a gathering to act responsibly.  

Published: 31 May 2024