Police in Manchester are reminding visitors to the city to be respectful during the religious holiday of Eid-ul-Adha to ensure the celebrations are "safe, peaceful and enjoyable for all". Thousands of people are expecting to join in the celebrations in north Manchester's famous 'Curry Mile' for the Muslim holiday, also known as known as Greater Eid or the Feast of the Sacrifice.
The second major Eid Muslim holiday begins on the evening of 22 September, according the lunar calendar, with the main events taking place in Manchester on 23 September. Ahead of the start of Eid, Greater Manchester Police said they will be deploying additional patrols in the area to ensure anti-social behaviour is kept to a minimum and have been working with residents and traders to ensure there will be a repeat of the "fantastic celebrations" of previous years. Officers appealed to the "influx" of visitors they expect to come to the city for the festival to be peaceful and respectful during their visit.
Superintendent Steve Howard from Greater Manchester Police said:
Police added that the restaurants in the 'Curry Mile' will remain open during Eid, but some of the local car parks will be closed during the evenings of the two-day celebrations.