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DDE celebrated the Islamic festival of Eid al-Fitr which takes place after the fasting month of Ramadan. We were honoured to be invited in to the Exeter Mosque and hold both our community celebrations there. We ran a workshop on the 2nd July where we were taught how to make delicious food called Boulani’s from Afghanistan, Samosas from Bangladesh and mammul biscuits from Syrian. We also had the opportunity to learn some Arabic language and work with traditional henna designs.

Here are some photos of the event ... 

On the final celebration event we had an array of artefacts to look at from the various Islamic countries ranging from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon, Libya and Syria.  It really made us realise how multicultural and international a place the Exeter mosque is!  We also had an opportunity to try our hand at henna designs, learn some basic Arabic phrases, dress up in various clothes from Saris to Charva Chemises, talk about local and global herbs with an activity offered by Refugee Support Devon, taste the variety of spiced coffee, find out where we all were from in the world and complete a questionnaire on Islam. and hear a story about the first English man to have gone to Mecca who was originally from Exeter.

We heard from the Imam at the mosque about the significance of Eid, learn a traditional Bangaladeshi greeting and were visited by the Lord Mayor of Exeter Lesley Robson and heard a story from the telling Our Stories Project by Ghee Bowman about the first English man to have gone to Mecca who was originally from Exeter. The food, oh the food was absolutely amazing, a feast of about 40 different dishes from around the World.

Here are some photos of the final celebration ... 

As part of the project aims we will have an Islamic Cultural Champion offer 1 day each in a primary and secondary school in the next academic year. We feel in the current climate education in schools around what is Islam and the meeting of students with an Islamic Cultural Champion can offer  an invaluable opportunity to forge new relationships and have open questions, curiousities satisfied and dialogue which is another aim of this project.