Preston North End Community and Education Trust has been celebrating Eid-al-Adha with members of the local Muslim community.
The festival of sacrifice is being celebrated this week, which follows Eid-al-Fitr, the celebration that follows the holy month of Ramadan, from earlier in the year.
PNECET staff have been handing out cards and information sheets about its provision and have also distributed gifts – including footballs, water bottles, sweets and more – outside the Raza Mosque in Deepdale before and after Eid prayers on Wednesday morning.
Community Engagement Officer Mo Patel said: “We’re just to here show that we are here for the Asian community and here to celebrate Eid.
“It’s been nice to meet a lot of people that are celebrating. Following on from what we’ve done in Ramadan, it’s just been meeting people and being able to celebrate with them.
“We’ve been here a couple of times in the past, we’ve got talking to people in the community, we’re making friends and we’re just showing that we’re here for everyone. It’s a nice sense of belonging with people and we hope to build on the relationships.”
The Trust celebrated Ramadan earlier in the year and subsequently Eid-al-Fitr by handing out Iftar packs to support those who were fasting, as well as traditional South Asian sweets in celebration once fasting was complete.
Mo added: “The last Eid was the Eid-al-Fitr and that’s after Ramadan; you celebrate Eid as a celebration after fasting all month. This Eid is more of a celebration of sacrifice and people do pilgrimage, so it’s a celebration of that.”
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