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Winchester Muslims joined by mayor for Eid celebration at Badger Farm
9:42am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in Winchester
WINCHESTER Muslims gathered on Sunday (August 11) in a celebration of “community and peace.”
The Badger Farm Community Centre hosted the Winchester Muslim Society as they marked Eid, the religious holiday marking the end of the month of Ramadan.
Around 30 people were present as Muslims from across the district ended the period of fasting by sharing food they had prepared for each other.
Miff Kayum, society secretary, said: “It's a thanks-giving: you have given up food and water, and you're fasting during the day. So Eid is that combination of gratitude and community.”
There are around 400 members of the Muslim Society across the district, but Mr Kayum said the group are a diverse bunch.
“Winchester is becoming much more diverse. We are a small group and our activities are quite modest, but it was nice to bring people together celebrate that diversity.
“People brought their own food and drinks, so for example we had Moroccan food, we had Bengali food.”
Winchester's mayor, Cllr Ernie Jeffs, and the mayoress, Barbara, were also present and picked up a check for £300, to go towards the mayor's charities.
“As a society, even though we're a charity, we have our own funds and interest accrues on that. But as Muslims we can't use that - so we decided to give it to the mayor's worthy causes,” Mr Kayum said.
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