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Embracing Eid: A Time for Unity, Reflection, and Feast

At HCL we eagerly anticipate the chance to share in the vibrant cultural moments that enrich the lives of the thousands of pupils we serve daily. As advocates for inclusivity and community, we're thrilled to highlight the significance of cultural celebrations in creating a sense of belonging among our diverse student pool. One such occasion that resonates deeply with millions worldwide is Eid.

Eid, also known as Eid al-Fitr or the Festival of Breaking the Fast, signifies the culmination of Ramadan, a sacred month of fasting observed by Muslims globally. It's a time brimming with joy, gratitude, and introspection, offering an opportunity to strengthen bonds with family, friends, and the broader community. Eid holds profound cultural and religious significance for all involved, serving as a day of gratitude to the Almighty for granting the strength to observe the fasts throughout Ramadan. Beyond its religious connotations, Eid embodies values of compassion, generosity, and empathy, particularly towards those less fortunate.

Eid Decorations at school hatch
Ascot Road Primary School

One of the most beautiful facets of Eid is its ability to transcend cultural and geographical barriers. Regardless of location or tradition, Muslims worldwide unite on this day, sharing in their faith and collective experiences. We take immense pride in embracing this diversity and providing an inclusive environment where students from all walks of life can come together to celebrate.

No festive gathering is complete without food, and Eid is no exception. Following a month of fasting from dawn till dusk, Eid is a day to revel in delectable feasts and culinary delights. From traditional dishes like biryani, kebabs, and sweets to innovative interpretations of classic recipes, the Eid table showcases the rich culinary heritage of Muslim culture. In the spirit of Eid, our culinary teams have crafted tantalizing meals to share the essence of the occasion with students nationwide. We served a variety of Eid themed dishes in our schools.

Photos of Turkish Style Pizza and Salad for Eid
Lahmacun Turkish Style Pizza

We’d like to thank all of our schools and Kitchen Teams who celebrated Eid, specifically, thanks to our Kitchen Teams at the following schools for sending through photos of their delicious dishes served to students:

  • Katherine Warrington School and our Kitchen Team: Sarah Darling (Chef Manager), Alison Barker (Assistant Chef Manager), Leah Duffy, Jennifer Moody, Zuzana Tafilaku, Linda Nkasah, Tracey Williams, Klaudia Ladany and Donna Graham.

  • Thomas Alleyne Academy and our Kitchen Team: Lynne Bailey (Chef Manager), Kim Lidbury, Tracy Nixon, Gemma Baxter, Jamie Kirk and Carly Thompson.

  • Monk’s Walk School and our Kitchen Team: Lisa Munday (Chef Manager), Shebina Meah, Susan Budhram, Amber Reynolds, Lauren Davies, Emma Digby, Kim Knight, Amy Muncer and Ellen Parisi.

  • Copthall School and our Kitchen Team: Richard Donington (Chef Manager), Juliet Callan, Julie Etareri, Micaella Ferreira and Chloe Maher.

  • Sir John Lawes School and our Kitchen Team: Alison Ramsey (Chef Manager), Beverly Clements, Mamoona Shafaqat, Juliet Collins, Laura Eagles, Tina Turner, Khrystyna Bachynska and Victoria Gbomadi.

  • The Ascot Road Training Kitchen Team: Adriana Cintec, Majida Yasmeen, Ashley Lawrence, Daniella Wareham and Louise Churcher.

  • The Kitchen Team at Broxbourne

Photo collage of Fattoush Eastern Salad and Indian Tandoori Wrap for Eid
Fattoush and Indian Tandoori Wrap

Eid transcends mere religious observance; it embodies a celebration of faith, family, and community. We recognise our unique role in ensuring unity and inclusivity among pupils from diverse backgrounds and by embracing the spirit of Eid and its core values of compassion, generosity, and gratitude, we are proud to contribute to a more harmonious and multi-cultural world for generations to come.

Eid Mubarak to all!


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