Tower Hamlets residents celebrate Eid and Christmas together
Last week, over three hundred residents celebrated Christmas at Dora Hall, Poplar, Tramshed Community Centre, Bethnal Green and at the Harford Centre, Stepney Green.
The three parties were organised by local community groups, supported and sponsored by Tower Hamlets Homes (THH) together with THH’s Decent Homes contractors – Axis, Richardson, and Chigwell
Residents enjoyed a Christmas dinner, carol singers, bouncy castle and Santa’s Grotto, while younger residents were delighted to receive Christmas presents from Santa in his grotto.
Previously, residents from all faith backgrounds were invited to Eid celebrations at Barley Mow, Latham House, Cranbrook Community Centre and Royal Mint Friendly Club. Over 100 residents attended each of these occasions.
These parties were part of a series of events designed to foster understanding amongst communities, with THH teaming up with Muslim and non-Muslim community groups to organise Christmas and Eid celebratory events. A further five events are planned between now and Christmas.
Last year’s multifaith celebrations, which brought together over 500 residents, were recognised with a TPAS Award for “Excellence in the Community”.
Janet Burns from Cranbrook Tenants’ and Residents’ Association (TRA) praised the events, saying: “Before today, I’d never met many of my neighbours but, occasions like this have given us the opportunity to come together and share something really special – it’s been great!”
Fokrul Hoque, THH’s Strategic Engagement Manager, said: “It’s fantastic that something as simple as a party can bring together communities to enjoy a celebration, whilst learning about different faiths and traditions.
“Tower Hamlets is one of the most diverse boroughs in the UK, and events like this celebrate the strength & success of our communities.”