Muslims across Lancashire have been celebrating the festival of Eid.

Eid was celebrated on Sunday and Monday across the world and thousands headed to their local mosques to take part in traditional morning prayers.

Hundreds packed into the Masjid-e-Rizwan on Newton Street, which is one of the town's oldest mosques.

The mosque is being re-built by the Kokni Muslim Association who are extending the building near to the Lidl store off Furthergate

The estimate the cost of renovations to be around £1.2million which is being funded by private donations. The new larger mosque will accommodate 450 worshippers.

(Image: Nq)  The tradition is to hug the person next to your once Eid prayers have finished

(Image: Nq) Worshippers at the The Masjid -e-Rizwan in Blackburn

Following Eid prayers many people headed to the cemetery to pay their respects to loved ones who are unable to be with them at this time. Mosques have for many years staggered morning prayers so numbers attending the cemetery are manageable.

(Image: Nq) Hundreds turned out at the Masjid-e-Rizwan in Blackburn

(Image: Nq) Many people head to the cemetery to pay their respects to loved ones following the morning prayers.

Across town, organisers of the outdoor open air Eid prayers cancelled the event on Saturday evening after concerns about the weather. The event had been due to take place at East Lancashire Cricket Club.

Organisers, the Darussalam Education Centre based in Whalley New Road, have been hosting the Eid prayers in the park event every year.

They said, they had to host four Eid prayers due to demand and volunteers had been dispatched to East Lancs notifying people to instead head over to the Islamic centre on Sunday morning.

The ‘Festival of Sacrifice’ is the second Eid of the year and takes place as the annual Hajj draws to a close.

All Muslims are required to make the five-day Hajj at least once in their lives if they are physically and financially able to do so. More than 1.83 million Muslims performed Hajj in 2024, slightly less than last year’s figure of 1.84 million, according to Saudi officials.

The rites have taken place under the soaring summer heat, which reached 49C in Makkah and the sacred sites in and around the city, according to the Saudi National Centre for Metrology.