Colourful day of Eid celebrations in Plaistow

Pupils enjoyed a colourful day of celebration at a Plaistow primary school in honour of the Muslim festival of Eid.

New City Primary School, in New City Road, held events throughout the day and children and adults turned up in the their traditional best for the festivities.

Eid, which was on Friday October 26 this year, is a holiday celebrated by people of in the Muslim community at the end of Ramadan to mark the end of the fasting period.

Helen Matthews, a school admin worker, said: “We normally do a huge event for Harvest Festival but we decided to have Eid to incorporate the two to a certain extent.

“We’re asking the children to bring in food parcels because we usually give out food to the elderly residents in the area.

“We will still be doing that as well as Eid is also about celebrating the harvest and giving to others.”

Pupils partied away at the school disco at lunch time, henna - or mendhi - artists decorated participants, children learnt about Arabic artwork and cooking, and listened to storytellers.

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After a special whole school assembly, relatives and carers were invited in for a food tasting session and to spend time making treats with the children.