WARRINGTON Town Hall will be bathed in green light this evening, Thursday, as part of global celebrations.

The town’s Muslims will join millions across the world in celebrating Eid, marking the end of Ramadan.

Residents are being urged to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr safely and in line with current coronavirus restrictions.

This means that people should meet others outdoors in groups of no more than six, or two households, while adhering to social distancing measures.

The festival at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan is traditionally marked with communal prayers in mosques, and visits to friends and family.

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Mayor of Warrington Cllr Maureen Creaghan said: “Eid al-Fitr is such a significant religious holiday, and I wish a Happy Eid to all those who will be celebrating this weekend.

“Coronavirus has impacted so many aspects of normal life, and with restrictions starting to ease and the vaccination programme continuing, we can now look forward to better days ahead.

“I hope that despite the challenges the last year has brought to all of our communities celebrating Eid, you still have a wonderful time with your friends and family – even if that means having to celebrate differently.”

Newly elected councillor for Great Sankey South and secretary of Warrington Ethnic Communities Association, Mo Hussain, and newly elected councillor for Fairfield and Howley, Sagheer Zaman, thanked the council for acknowledging Eid.

Cllr Hussain said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the council for working closely with us to light up our Town Hall to celebrate the festival of Eid.

Warrington Guardian: Cllrs Mo Hussain and Sagheer Zaman outside Warrington Town Hall as it is lit up greenCllrs Mo Hussain and Sagheer Zaman outside Warrington Town Hall as it is lit up green

“It has been a very difficult year for everyone, being unable to meet family and loved ones and to celebrate cultural or religious events, so we wanted to do something small to put a smile on people’s faces as we mark the end of Ramadan.

“We will continue to work with all our communities to do similar things as we take office as newly appointed councillors.”

Cllr Zaman added: “Warrington is a wonderful place to live, with a real mix of different faiths, religions and communities.

“We would like to thank the council for this kind gesture to highlight the importance of Eid to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

“We bless you all with a very joyous and prosperous Eid al-Fitr – Eid Mubarak to everyone celebrating across the borough.”