Comment by Bilal Vahidy, local resident
London Academy of Excellence, Stratford

Although Eid is often enlisted as a celebration for Muslims, the whole community participates in the joyous occasion. Eid Al Fitr, marks the end of Ramadan, a month of which Muslims fast in order to appreciate their life, and in an attempt to understand the poor who cannot afford every day meals.
Like all major celebrations, Eid has massive economic impacts. The prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) recommended that Muslims celebrate the end of Ramadan, by purchasing new clothes to wear, gifts for friends and family, and feeding those around you. This means that even small families, who may not often buy gifts, go on shopping sprees, reaping economic benefits for everyone.
While Eid is a festive occasions, it still shares the same message as fasting; helping the less fortunate. On the day of Eid, Muslims pay to charity in an act known as Zakat Al Fitr. Muslims are instructed to donate 3 kilograms of staple food commodity such as rice and dates, to the homeless or those who cannot afford food. Although in this day and age, such a task is rather difficult if not impossible. Therefore, Muslims donate money to charity organisations, who then carry out this task on there behalf. Even while celebrating, the message of helping others does not dissipate. Thus, Eid brings social benefits even to people who may not participate in celebrating Eid.
Another important social aspect of Eid is the display of diversity. Islam is often seen as one of the most ethnically diverse religions in the world (1) , with Muslims belonging to all different races. Even in less ethnically diverse areas, Muslims with all different shades of skin colour, unite to celebrate a joyous occasion.