Muslims gather for Eid al-Fitr celebration at Northampton Racecourse

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Muslims joined celebrations around the world to mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

The Eid al-Fitr celebration took place at The Racecourse on Friday, July 17.

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The three-day festival, commonly abbreviated to Eid, marks the end of the month-long fasting during Ramadan, which began on June 18 this year. The observation of the month of Ramadan marks the anniversary of the Quran being revealed to Prophet Mohammed.

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam along with belief, worship, charitable donation and the pilgrimage to Mecca.

Alaa Abouzanad, from Eid in the park organiser, said: “There were so many different nationalities coming together as one Muslim community, from the Arab, African , Indian Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Turkish, and many more.

“We had about 1,600 people turn up for the prayer at the Racecourse , they came from all over the county, Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, Daventry and Northampton,” he added.

Eid al-Fitr begins with morning prayers at 8.30am and is followed by feasting and celebrations among family and friends. Some Muslims also celebrate the festival by wearing new clothes, giving each other gifts and decorating their homes.

Eid al-Fitr is one of the two biggest Muslim holidays of the year. The other major holiday is Eid al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice.