Largest Eid celebration in Europe as 100000 Muslims gather in Birmingham

A young boy rests against his father's leg during prayer time outside Bandra railway station

A young boy rests against his father's leg during prayer time outside Bandra railway station

Eid al-Adha celebrations come after the Hajj - the important annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, the holy city in a desert valley in Saudi Arabia.

The White House tradition started with earnest in 1996, when First Lady Hillary Clinton hosted 150 people after learning more about the ritual from her daughter Chelsea, who had reportedly studied Islamic history in school, as reported by Muslim Voices.

But Donald Trump and his administration have chose to change the tradition.

President Trump made a statement - literally - as his White House became the first in almost 20 years not to host an annual iftar dinner celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

People from all walks of life thronged the place after Eid prayers and waited in long queue to meet the prime minister.

"Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity", they said.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also broke with tradition by not hosting an Iftar dinner at the State Department.

Othman Moqbel, CEO of Human Appeal, said: "It is a great honour once again for Human Appeal to be part of Celebrate Eid; the biggest gathering of Muslims in Europe". Former Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama held dinners in observance of Ramadan almost every year.

Last year, then Presidential candidate Trump told an ABC News interview that he would be open to continuing the tradition of hosting the dinner if he were in the White House.

"I will say this - we want the cooperation of everyone, of every caste and creed, men and women to free our country of hunger and poverty and turn it into the developed and prosperous Bangladesh dreamt of by the Father of the Nation".

Vice president Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has called on all Muslims to use the Eid al-Fitr occasion to pray for "peace, unity and prosperity" in Ghana.

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