Joining together to celebrate Eid at Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust

Joining together to celebrate Eid at Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust
14 July 2015

Staff, patients and members of the public are invited to attend a special Eid celebration event at North Manchester General Hospital.

The event will be held in the postgraduate medical centre, on 20 July between 11am and 2pm.

Billed as a celebration event which will bring together all faiths, it will also be a fun packed gathering with lots on offer for everyone.

Naheed Nazir, head of equality and human rights at the Trust, said:

“In conclusion of Ramadan and the month leading up to the Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement, it’s a fantastic opportunity for all faiths to come together and celebrate and engage positively with our diverse local communities, staff and service users.

“There will be information stalls for each of the faiths from the spiritual care team, stalls selling different items of jewellery, cultural artefacts and food stall.  Visitors will also get the opportunity to have a hand massage or a henna painting.”

Eid is the end of Ramadan and is marked by a big celebration called Eid-ul-Fitr, the Festival of the breaking of the fast.  The festival begins when the first sight of the new moon is seen in the sky.

There are special services out of doors and in mosques, processions through the streets and a special celebratory meal, eaten during daytime, the first daytime meal Muslims will have had in a month.  During Eid-ul-Fitr, Muslims dress in their finest clothes, give gifts to children and spend time with their friends and family.

Eid is also a time for forgiveness and making amends.  It is obligatory to give a set amount of money to charity to be used to help poor people buy new clothes and food so they too can celebrate.

The event is being hosted by the spiritual care team at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, and supported by the equality team to engage positively with the Trust’s diverse local communities, staff and service users.

John Hall, chaplaincy co-ordinator at the Trust, said:

“Come and find out more about Eid, enjoy the food, learn about some of the other faith communities and listen to how we support people from all backgrounds in the Trust.”