About Time: You Celebrated Eid with DishoomBy Angelica Malin
Want to celebrate in style? On Saturday 1st July, Dishoom will once again be taking over Lewis Cubitt Square, King’s Cross, to celebrate Eid Milan with another legendary outdoor party. Eid al-Fitr (also known as Eid Milan), is the holiday that marks the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan. This year, it officially falls on 25th June, and Dishoom will be throwing their own party a week later.
Eid al-Fitr: What
Eid is much loved by Dishoom; this joyous festival marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. Eid Al-Fitr falls the day after the sighting of the new moon and is a cherished affair – family and friends come together to feast, give gifts, wear beautifully adorned new clothes and celebrate in the company of loved ones.
Eid al-Fitr: The Lowdown
The festivities will run from 12pm – 3pm and all are welcome. Dishoom believes in the importance of breaking down barriers, and bringing people together through food and celebration. There will be plenty of back-to-back live music from some of the best, brightest, most awesome artists. (Keep an eye on Dishoom’s social media for the line-up announcements.)
Alongside Dishoom’s massive biryani, there will be tasty (halal) treats from the best in the business, including chicken champs Mother Clucker, Saltwood Fish Bar, incredible cheese toasties by Grill my cheese, and Curry On.
For the little ones, there’s plenty of family activities including mehndi-wallis (henna artists), face painters and balloon artists, as well as an art exhibition from Fouadisms, who’ll also capture your name in beautiful hand-drawn Arabic calligraphy.
To get everyone in the party spirit, Dishoom will welcome guests with chai, mithai and Indian soft drinks, Thums up and Limca. And they’ll be hand-making fragrant parcels of Meetha Paan (a popular Indian digestive).
Eid al-Fitr: The Details
Tickets are £7 for adults /£4 for children, and are available from Dishoom’s website. As giving is central to the month of Ramadan, Dishoom will also make a ‘zakat’ (charity donation) for every ticket sold to Seeds of Peace, who help teenagers from regions of conflict learn the skills of making peace.