The annual Eid Festival marking the end of Ramadan was marked in colourful style in Trafalgar Square.

Arts and crafts, exhibitions, entertainers, calligraphy, henna, face painting, plus a global food festival serving delicacies from across the Islamic world including Turkish, Egyptian, Indonesian, Lebanese and Moroccan were among the offerings at the central London venue.


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The festival of Eid al-Fitr is a major event in the Muslim calendar where families and friends come to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan and break their fast and pray.

Some people felt there may be a more sombre mood this year, amid violence in Gaza, Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the Muslim world.

Transport worker Saud Baig, 36, who was visiting the event with his family from Pakistan, said: "Celebrating Eid can be tiring but it is exciting. This is a huge festival for us and it is a chance to celebrate for Muslims from different communities. 

"We Muslims would hope for peace in all those troubled places because Islam teaches us about peace even though it is not happening now for many innocent people."


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A model at the annual Eid Festival in Trafalgar Square, central London, takes part in a fashion show at the event to mark the end of Ramadan. 


Ghufran Farooqui, 33, of Brent, north west London, came to meet friends and "explore London because it is a chance to meet people of different cultures."

He added: "Perhaps this Eid will not bring much peace and happiness for many people. There is lots of blood being shed but regardless of who that person is or their religion, it is not worth the loss of a life."


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London mayor Boris Johnson described the event as "a chance to join together and rejoice in the global diversity of the capital. Eid Mubarak!" while ZEE Network Europe chief executive Neeraj Dhingra said that "celebrating Eid with the people of London on the iconic Trafalgar Square is a great opportunity to build cultural ties".

The free event is organised by the mayor with the Eid Committee which represents various Muslim community groups and organisations in London.