Celebrating Eid Al-Adha safely
Eid Al-Adha will be celebrated by many people across the Tower Hamlets community on Friday 31 July and over the first weekend of August. Eid Al-Adha celebrates the end of Hajj and is an important event in the Islamic calendar. It’s also a time to celebrate our borough's shared values and diversity across our communities.
Mayor John Biggs has published a his Eid greetings in a video message, which you can watch on Twitter.
If you’re observing Eid Al-Adha, please remember that you need to do so safely in line with the government’s Covid-19 guidance. Please:
- Mosques in Tower Hamlets began to reopen safely earlier this month, but please check with your Mosque before visiting so that you can follow the required safety instructions and guidance.
- Please be aware that the number of people able to worship at mosques will be significantly reduced in order to maintain social distancing.
- When visiting a mosque you will be required to give your details for the purpose of NHS Test and Trace, in order to keep you and your community safe.
- If you can’t visit your Mosque, please worship at home.
Keep your distance:
- No handshakes or hugs for family and friends outside or your household or support bubble.
Meet friends and family safely:
- Gather indoors with members of up to two households only.
- Gather outdoors in public spaces or parks in a group of up to six people from different households only, or in larger groups if everyone is exclusively from one or two households.
- Limit the number of people you see over short periods of time to help protect yourself and others.
- Stay in touch using phone and video calls.
Maintain good hygiene:
- Keep washing your hands regularly, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitiser.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
- Remember to wear a face covering anywhere it may be more difficult to maintain social distancing, such as when entering or leaving the mosque. You must also wear a face covering in all shops and on public transport.
If you (or someone in your household or support bubble) have symptoms of Covid-19:
- Self-isolate at home, and do not invite anyone over to gather in your home. Arrange a test through the NHS straightaway.
The great effort that our communities made to adapt traditions and celebrations during Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr needs to continue – this will help ensure people can celebrate safely while preventing the spread of the virus.
Eid Mubarak to all those who will be celebrating this Friday and over the weekend. We hope that even though this will be a different Eid Al-Adha, that it brings peace, prosperity, and happiness to you and your family.