The Malaysian Ladies of South West organised an Eid Community Luncheon on Sunday 24 July at Granville Youth and Community Recreation Centre with a diverse Malaysian flavour and celebrations, a first of its kind in Sydney.

The event was attended by more than 250 guests of diverse background including Malaysians, Indonesian, Bruneians, Pakistanis, Indians, Bangladeshis, Philippinos to name a few.

The shows presented at the event showcased what makes Malaysian a multicultural society. The opening was a welcoming Eid song from all the organisers- Ruby Hamid, Rohana Barrington, Ajiah Atan, Arwina Mohd Najib, Juliana Jamal, Sue Zaleha Sidek and the author Farah Cassendra Jamaludin.

There was the fan dance (represents the Chinese), the Bollywood dances (represents the Indian), the Tarian Kuda Hitam (Represents the Malay) and to finished off the auspicious Eid, we had the GISB Group performing Nasheed (religious based praised and worship).

Amongst our esteemed guest, Mrs Mehar Ahmad, President, SEENA Incorporated, publishers of the Australasian Muslim Times who introduced the highly successful Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair (MEFF) in its 33 year of celebrations.

There were Malaysian Eid traditional dishes from lemang (glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk and then stuffed into a bamboo to cook), Beef Rendang, Chicken Curry, Nasi Impit (compressed rice) serves with Kuah Kacang (Peanut sauce), Lontong (Vegetarian cooked in coconut sauce) or Satay, Nasi Minyak (Ghee Rice), Ayam Masak Merah (Chicken cooked in spicy red sauce), Chicken soup and mixed vegetables.

The dessert was the traditional sweets and savouries from Curry Puff, Kuih Jala (net like pancake served with chicken and vegetable curry), Kuih Lapis (layered pudding like texture sweets) fruit salad, Kuih Kaswi (palm sugar and coconut like pudding) and many more including Kuih Raya (Eid biscuits).

With such successful attendance and shows, it was truly a multicultural Eid affair, the Malaysian way. Kudos to the dedicated and committed organising ladies, the great performers and outstanding effort of the kitchen crews to which without them, the event would not have been possible.

Inshallah, we will be back next year for the next Eid Community Luncheon. So stay tuned.