Search

Muslims in East End hold Xmas party—for their Christian neighbours

00:01 20 December 2012

A Muslim mum gets into the Christmas spirit with reindeer head gear

A Muslim mum gets into the Christmas spirit with reindeer head gear

Tower Hamlets Homes

Hundreds of council tenants have kicked off the festive season in London’s multi-cultural East End by celebrating a faith that’s not their own.

Muslim youngsters tucking into traditional Christman pudMuslim youngsters tucking into traditional Christman pud

The local authority’s housing wing, Tower Hamlets Homes, asked families on housing estates in Bethnal Green and Wapping to help organise parties to improve interfaith understanding.

Groups run by non-Muslims organised three Eid parties earlier this year, with residents from all backgrounds joining in.

Muslim groups returned the invitation this week with Christmas celebrations, when the Dorset Community Association in Wapping held a joint event with Bethnal Green’s Columbia Tenants’ Association.

Youth worker Angela Brown, who held the shindig in Wapping, said: “We had 200 children and their families joining Santa which made it a Christmas to remember.”

Every kid's dream is meeting Santa... even if they're not ChristianEvery kid's dream is meeting Santa... even if they're not Christian

Tower Hamlets Homes put up the cash for the Christmas beano as part of its Regeneration programme aimed at bringing different East End neighbourhood and ethnic communities together.

Latest East London News Stories

Yesterday, 16:36
Girl Guide's new national leader Valerie le Vaillant

The Girl Guides’ new national Chief Guide Valerie le Vaillant has her roots in London’s deprived East End.

Yesterday, 12:15
Old Flo 'resting' in Yorkshire Sculpture Park and [inset] Henry moore who created it

Henry Moore’s treasured ‘Old Flo’ sculpture has finally been given back her “East End citizenship” after a four-year legal battle over who owns it.

Yesterday, 07:00
Pupils at Whitechapel's Thomas Buxton School get free brekkie from Magic Breakfast charity to help start the day

Nutritious breakfasts are being served up to “hungry and malnourished children” at a school in London’s deprived East End.

Mon, 15:08
Columbia School making their winning film that was screened to Cmdr Tim Peake on the International Space Station

Schoolchildren have come down to earth after a scoop when a film they put together was beamed to the International Space Station for British astronaut Tim Peake to watch.

Friday, May 27, 2016
Suspects caught on phone camera during attack in Spindrift-avenue, Isle of Dogs

Detectives are hunting thugs who carried out a vicious attack with a knife and a hammer on two men in the street in London’s East End.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Thames Skills Academy chairman Richard Everitt

A training academy has been set up to open up new careers for those wanting to work on the Thames.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and recovered firearms

An armed police operation is being launched to tackle London’s gun crime in areas like the East End with the highest levels of firearms being used by gangs.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Vandalised with black paint... Suffragette billboard in Cable Street, opposite Jack the Ripper museum

A billboard promoting a women’s heritage exhibition where Jack the Ripper stalked London’s East End has been vandalised with black paint carefully covering the venue details.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe