At St John’s School, one of our parish schools, most of the children come from Muslim homes. The school recently held a special lunch to celebrate Eid, marking the end of Ramadan. Miss Isobel Booler, Headteacher remarked “I was delighted that so many parents attended our Eid Celebration and provided such amazing food…..”
Jack, Parish Assistant writes:
St John’s school hall was packed with women and small children – mothers, sisters, aunts, brothers and sisters of St John’spupils.
The whole occasion had the buzz of a joyous community event with school, parents, teachers, local residents and even community police support officers coming together to celebrate Eid and the welcoming, colourful nature of life in Longsight. Fr Ian, the Sisters, Lisa and I joined in too.
Many of the ladies seated around the hall had been pupils of St John’s themselves and reminisced happily over lunch. For the visitors from St C’s it was lovely to see – however, perhaps the loveliest sight was the table at the end of the hall laden with the most fantastic collection of colours and flavours.
I left my diet at the door and the Sisters were too full from seconds (and even thirds) to eat their supper that evening. The ladies and the dishes they brought came from all over the world including stuffed vine leaves fromEgypt, Baklava fromTurkey and curries fromPakistan.
There was music, laughter and free flowing discussion of recipes. So, next year the Muslim community will be joined by a few more that can’t wait for Ramadan to end!