This year's April has really been quite something. With Ramadan, a holy month in Islam where Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and devote themselves to God, taking its leave and Eid-ul-Fitr, an Islamic celebration to mark the end of Ramadan, arriving in full swing. 

Many Muslims tend to buy new and beautiful clothes for Eid and with Birmingham having fame from its eye-catching, culturally glorious shopping streets, Alum Rock Road is one of the first places to go.

Alum Rock Road really did rock during the last few days of Ramadan, literally. People were flooding in and out of shops and a procession of people walked up and down staring at window-to-window to see which outfit would be 'the chosen one' for them to buy. I myself have gone to Alum Rock Road and mind you,  it was a quite captivating experience. Although there may be a few times where I may or may not have collided into one or two people due to how packed the streets were, I had a good time wandering around the shops, looking at all the intricate clothes being put on display and filling myself with cold, sweet desserts.

The endless line of shops selling clothes, jewellery, and food really did bring the best out of the Eastern culture as people greeted each other as if they were in a community. Speaking of community, a couple of people happened to be raising donations for charity. An interviewee, aged 14, had stated "I think it's amazing how everyone here interact with each other like they are one big family and I especially love how people have the heart to donate to those in need so that they do not feel left out of this 'big family'. I find it thoughtful of how the volunteers are doing charity work in the last ten days of Ramadan as they are earning extra blessings."

Alum Rock Road was undeniably an incredible experience where I cannot wait to visit once more to re-live this enthralling adventure around the bustling streets and welcoming shops.