The NHS in Leeds congratulates residents who are celebrating Eid al-Adha this week.
Eid al-Adha is one of the highlights of the Islamic calendar and is the second in a series of annual celebrations for Muslims, marking the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah.
Eid al-Adha festivities usually begin in the morning through the offering of congregational prayers hosted in mosques such as the Leeds Grand Mosque. After prayers have been concluded, Muslims celebrate the rest of the day in accordance with the diverse range of cultures and traditions as reflected across the Muslim world. This is usually in the form of family visits, events in local parks or community centres or days out.
During the celebrations and the forecast warm weather, the NHS in Leeds recommends considering the health, safety and wellbeing of yourself, others and the most vulnerable.
As with any large event or festivities, it is important to be prepared. During sunny spells, it’s vital for Leeds residents to protect themselves and others from too much sun or heat; to always carry water; and to think of those, such as young children or older people, who may feel the heat more acutely than others. More advice on staying safe during hot weather can be found here.
Sarah Forbes, General Practitioner at Oakwood Lane Medical Practice said: “When you are celebrating, the last thing you want to consider is that something might go wrong but it’s important to make sure that you are prepared for warm weather and large crowds.
The advice recommended may sound basic, but it could make a huge difference to the potential risk of becoming unwell.
Keeping ourselves and others safe during this celebration period is essential to ensure the residents of Leeds have a Happy Eid.’