Eid 2016 Celebration in the Senedd26 July 2016
Eid is a time for coming together as a family and as a community after the fasting of Ramadan – and this past Ramadan was an especially long fast for Muslims in Britain, straddling the longest days of the calendar at the height of summer in our northern latitude. In Cardiff, the Welsh Assembly hosted an Eid celebration for Muslims and all members of the community to join together, share food and drink, and learn about what makes Eid so special. Citizens Cymru Wales, along with the Muslim Council of Wales and the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, held the reception in the sun-drenched atrium of the Senedd on Cardiff Bay. We were greeted by Carwyn Jones, the First Minister, and Mark Drakeford, the cabinet secretary responsible for local communities and equality. Some of the Muslim Young Leaders Award winners presented their activity, a team of young musicians played an original Eid song, and Citizens’ lead organiser Jonathan Cox learned about fasting and breaking the fast with a young Muslimah from Cardiff. It was a great evening that continues to strengthen relations between people and communities here in Wales.