Salam everybody, we all took 2 days off work and school to celebrate Eid, as usual the first day was spent mainly with family and being sick to death of Magroud and other sweets as they were everywhere! still it was nice to be able to eat and drink :o)
Yesterday we headed to the Central Mosque, Regents Park, for the Libyan Eid Party, we arrived at about 6:20 pm, there was only few people there and the place was still being set up, I keep forgetting that I am Libyan and therefore I should turn up really late as most other people do, yet I still manage to be almost on time every time and find I am the first!!
The Eid party is sponsored by Takaful Trust who have managed to carry on with this Libyan tradition that has been run by other trusts before, as usual there was a large selection of soft drinks and lots of Arabic sweets.
Libyan boys doing what they are good at, fighting and pushing each other, some things never change! main thing is they all enjoyed the party but you can tell that the Credit Crunch has hit the event, in previous years, toys, crisps, sweets and drinks used to be given to all children, this year nothing was given to the kids apart from what was available to the adults and the 3 big bouncy castles, actually that was not a bad thing since Eid is always a bad time for junk food and sweets, the less the better and the Takaful Trust has at least managed to keep the party going even at these difficult times, I think most Libyans here are grateful to Takaful for what they are doing and for the happiness they bring to our children.
Yes that is me dressed in my Libyan suit but with a variation on the shirt! (Libyan suit makes me look fat!! I am not really) :o)
At Mughreb time I took Amir to pray with me at the main praying hall, while he has been many times to this mosque, he had never been inside the praying area before, he was amazed at the size and really was impressed with the huge chandelier hanging from the middle of the dome.
As usual it was great seeing many friends, some I haven't seen since last Eid and the main thing is that we get to wish each other a happy Eid all at the same time, London is a huge city and it would be impossible otherwise to visit people individually.