Ramadan 1439-2018

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Easton hosted the UK's biggest street party as more than 3,000 residents celebrated the breaking of the fast during Ramadan.

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Easton hosted the UK's biggest street party as more than 3,000 residents celebrated the breaking of the fast during Ramadan.

With traditional Nasheed music beaming out, lines of people sitting on red carpets and truck loads of food being dished out for free, it's fair to say the event was a huge success.

Bright bunting and sparkling, lights lit up St Marks Road, as revellers enjoyed a range of Indian food and inspirational talks.

Guest speakers included Thangham Debbonaire MP, Chief Constable Andy Marsh, Lord Mayor Cleo Lake, and Metro-Mayor Tim Bowles.

To prepare the food for the massive feast, women among the Muslim community began cooking during the early of the morning.

Businesses and the local church all pitched in to help organise the mammoth festival.

Residents from across the city from different faiths descended on Easton to join in the celebrations.

Councillor Afzal Shah said: "When people talk about diversity, this diversity. People come from all different cultures, from all different faiths. I hope this is replicated every year now. This is something we intend to do every year. And we want people from all around Bristol to come here."

Mr Bowles said: "It's amazing. I have lots of friends and would have come even if I can not been invited."

Abdul Ismail, one of the owners of Bristol Sweet Mart, who is one of the organisers of the event said: "I think this is exceptional. I think there must be up to 4,000 people here. It is a lot busier than last year. We have had so much help from volunteers.

"There are so many people to thank. There are so many people who are willing to help out - it's great.

"If you walk up and down this street there is always someone to speak to. I live in another part of Bristol and it's not like that there."


"It's a peaceful religion. Look how many people have gathered from different communities and every one gets on so well. I feel very proud."

Resident Frank Howard, who has lived in Easton for 42 years said: "It's absolutely incredible. Everyone is enjoying themselves. It's a very nice community."

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