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

East London Advertiser by Mike Brooke | Friday, 21 December 2012 | Click here for original article

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.


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