Wednesday, 25 October 2006

Libyan Eid Party in London

Yesterday we went to the Regents Park Mosque for the usual Libyan Eid party which is always held at the second day of Eid.
This party is organized and paid for by the Takaful Trust Association , the party was scheduled to take part between 5 & 9 pm, we arrived at 5:30 to make sure that we get a parking space as these are limited.
The party took place in the basement, 3 halls were hired, one for men, one for women and the third hall was where bouncy castles were set up and it was for the children and for mums and dads to meet and enjoy watching their kids play.
When I went to kids area, the bouncy castles (4 of them) were being set up, the first thing I noticed was broken glass on the floor so after complaining that this area is for children a miracle happened, a cleaner turned up and removed the broken glass! This mosque while being the biggest and best in the UK is not known for its cleanliness as mentioned in a previous post.

Many people turned up as usual, some of the men wore traditional Libyan clothes, I usually wear mine to this event but this time I couldn't as I was busy during the day and did not have enough time to change.




At the entrance to the men Hall.








There were 2 bouncy castles for boys according to their age and 2 for girls, the girl's bouncy castle was happy and full of well behaved girls.

On the other hand, the boys were typically Libyan even though they were all born and raised in the UK, the bigger boys dominated both bouncy castles were very rough and violent, my 6 year old son along side other little boys were stamped on by these boys and even though they were told to behave but this never happened, many of them fought each other and even beat up each others quite badly, some of these boys were a complete disgrace and for this reason I spent a long time in the play area to protect my kids. Above picture shows boys just starting to play in the bouncy castle.

The bouncy castle about one minute later and that is how these boys behaved all night, they tried to dominate the girls bouncy castles but thank Allah failed. Some of the older boys found couple of boxes somewhere in the mosque containing hats, caps and scarves which I suppose were donated to the mosque, they brought them in play area and all hell broke loose, they attacked the boxes, started piling up the hats on their heads then throwing them on the children and some of the parents as well, I managed to call some of the men and we restored order after these boys had a good telling off but that did not last long.

Queues were formed 3 times by the children, first time they were given chocolates, second time for crisps and the third time was for the Eid gifts, I thought this was unnecessary as it was very tiring for most of the little children to stand up in queue 3 times at up to 15-20 minutes a time, it would be better to do this just once and let the kids have everything, by 8pm most kids were tired but they knew that they were going to get gifts, my son was tired that he just wanted to go home and didn't want to wait for the presents, my daughter was so exhausted she sat down and couldn't queue for her gift so I had to do it for her, gift time is like a war battle, the queues last only until the presents arrive then forget it, each child for him or herself! many parents do not interfere and leave the kids to fend for them selves but no not me, I was their for my kids and made sure they got what they wanted.


girls waiting patiently for their presents











Libyan girls looking fantastic in their Eid clothes, MashAllah and all very well behaved

These kids look familiar, could they be mine??

All the gifts for the children were of good quality and the children were very happy to get them, in general the party is well organised but it could benefit from more organisation and adult supervision of the children, The Altakaful trust provided the party with lots of sweets and Lebanese pastries and small pizzas and plenty of soft drinks for the adults and the children, they should be applauded for their efforts and making this a very happy day for the children and the adults and for that I am very thankful to them.




Some of these pictures were taken by our own Libyan Photographer: Mr. Omar El-Houni

45 comments:

Lebeeya said...

Lovely pictures. Reminded me of the good old days. *Sighs*

I love the libyan traditional clothes. They are simply amazing. My dad and brothers always wear them on Eid.

If those kids that look familiar are yours, they are really cute mashallah! ... even if they arent urs, they are still very cute mashallah :0) Rabi ya7futhum.

Living Away said...

You have beautiful kids Anglolibyan and it’s clear that they have happiness in their eyes what make them even more special!
Congratulations!!

AngloLibyan said...

thank you lebeeya for your kind comment and yes they are my kids.

living away that is kind of you thank you very much.

white african said...

mashallah how cute are the kids, may allah forever protect them for you.

it's always a pleasure to see the libyan traditional clothes, so cool.

we have the same problem with the boys bouncey castle so we just dont have one any more, problem solved, give them a ball and hey presto.

aaaaah the memories of lining up for presents (shudders) it really is stressful.

BeSHeSHeNtRa... said...

mashalah anglol. ur kids r so so cute ..rabi yahfadhomlak ..it seems that u had a nice day :0)..
happy eid ..

Aladdin of Tripoli said...

Mashallah u have a cute kids , rabbi y7'alehomlak inshallah .
well last year i spend the Eid in Bahrain and the Libyan embassy Rented a buetifull hall in a Marina Club and i loved it , there wasn't like Seperate rooms for men and women , it was in the same room but as usual women sit alone in thier tables and so the men did ..

it was very generiuos , a Long buffet of all kind of Food chinese italian , lebanese..etc . Poeple were open minded and we were less than 60 Libyans there....

Libyans People in Bahrain are really polite well educated and Libya has a good reputaion there because of these People who lives there.

inshallah next Eid i may spend it in London..

AngloLibyan said...

whiteafrican thank you, this mosque has no large outside area for boys to play football the alternative would be for them to demolish the mosque God forbbid :o)

yes besheshentra the kids had a good day and thats all the matters. thank you.

Thank you aladdin for telling us about Eid in Bahrain, hopefully see you next year in London :o)

The colors of Life said...

happy eid anglo and mashallah ur kids lookso cute may allah protect them to u , u r a great father , happy eid and new days started after the ramadan mobarek ... have a nice day...;)

piccolina said...

mashallah i like they eid went for u ..and i wanna say i'm so happy to see u ( a libyan man ) wearing the traditional clothes coz i feel bad when they don't here or the wear the golf ones !!!GOD bless ur kids inshallah

AngloLibyan said...

thank you the colour of life and welcome back.

piccolina thanks for your kind remarks but im not wearing libyan clothes, its not me, I didnt have enough time to go home and change:O)

Highlander said...

AngloLibyan:)
Thank you so much for this post and sharing the photos with us, I always wanted to know how Libyans celebrate Eid fil-ghurba. Had no idea there were so many Libyans in London wow !!!!

Libyans are beautiful people and I'm glad the happiness was shown in the children's faces. Mashallah your kids are gorgeous :)

AngloLibyan said...

Highlander, there is a large Libyan community in London, at this party there were no less than 200 kids minimum.
yes as said "Libyans are beautiful people" thank you for your lovely comment.

piccolina said...

oh i thought u r the one smiling in the picture !!!mmmm ok i hope u'll wear the traditional clothes some other eid ...i love your kids mashallah especially ur son he is so cute ..

maiuna said...

I just love the way Libyans look when they wear the Libyan Traditional Clothes!!..maybe next eid you'll have time to wear them, too ;).

your kids look very happy mashallah, we can see joy in their eyes, rabi y7fodhom inshallah.

and i agree with you about the queues, one should be enough, it's even hard to make the kids stand in one queue, so how about 3 of them!!! maybe next eid, they will do one queue(of course if they learn from their mistakes).

but anyway, i think they did a great job planning the event, cause all the kids and "adults" look happy!

AngloLibyan said...

I usually always wear my libyan clothes to this event but not this time.
it was a good party and especially the kids enjoyed it, thank you Maiuna.

thanks again piccolina :o)

Leilouta said...

Happy Eid :)
Your kids are adorable!

AngloLibyan said...

thank you leilouta, I hope you have adorable kids as well InshAllah.

Trabilsia said...

Wallahi I've commented so many times ,all to no avail , there seems to be a problem,with my computer as usual lol! I hope it goes through this time.
Your children are lovely MASHAALLAH !
May ALLAH bless.

Trabilsia said...

YES ,got through finally ALHAMDULILAH !!
A fantastic community indeed, well done Anglo .
Thanks for sharing your Eid with us, really nice of you. It felt as if we were with you.

AngloLibyan said...

sorry to hear that but definitly I got your comment now trabilsia and thank you for your kind words.

A.Adam said...

not comment to this post but after seeing your flicker pictures and the lovely ones for Aida & Amir , mashAllah rapyna ya7lihom leek :)

lovelytripoli said...

Aslm alkum wrhma
was a great day as i saw.
That rmind me when i got invting to vist libyan meeting on london in this year i forget the date,but it was in junruary ,i loved how the libyan come and meeting but what i dont` like how they speak English and cant` speak libyan..!!
when some iraqain was thier and living on london and talk iraqain very good and libyan speaking iraqain..
Is that what is happiend at this praty Too?
wearing libyan traditional dress will be great if all libyan older and younger speak libyan..

sorry for that..
but we re libyan speak libyan and should be proud to speak libyan lanough too.

hibo

AngloLibyan said...

thank you a.adam, is that a new profile?

lovelytripoli, most children born here speak English and Libyan Arabic but English is and will aways be their first language there really is not much we can do about it, my children went to arabic school yet they speak better English but Libyan adults speak arabic and most try very hard to make their kids speak arabic.
thank you for your comment.

A.Adam said...

yes a Temp ONE :)

Lebeeya said...

Anglolibyan, I order you to update your blog!!

:)

lovelytripoli said...

Anglolibyan;For the third generation then they are wronged even if she was the English language then this does not mean that you speak English until inside the house
Sons and my cousins lived their childhood in London but they speak the Libyan dialect fluently and also the Arabic despite that they are in London from 23 years ago
But my uncle and my uncle did not allow their girls and their sons the speaking inside the house except by our common dialect our language the mother as libyan.
hope you can do so..
hibo

elham said...

wow nvr heard about havin a nice Eid there, will tell my father about it, NICE

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