The Islamic Charity Projects Association (ICPA) held the annual Eid-Fitr Festival organized by the Sydney Eid Festival committee, at Bankstown’s Paul Keating Park from Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 July, attracting a crowd estimated to be over ten thousand.
The 2017 Eid-ul-Fitr Festival, broadcast live on the Muslim Community Radio 92.1FM, attracted Muslims and non-Muslims including politicians, community leaders, families and individuals as well as passers-by to this entertaining and enlightening event.
This annual, culturally diverse event that marked the end of the fasting month of Ramadan for Muslims, also celebrated social harmony and delivered a strong message against violence and anti-social behaviour.
In his welcoming speech, ICPA President, Mr Mohammad Mehio made it known that the ICPA continues to work effectively to strengthen the ties among all individuals who have made Australia their homeland.
The Hon Ray Williams, Minister for Multiculturalism gave tribute to the diverse and crucial contribution Australian Muslims have made to the Australian way-of-life.
“It is an honour & great privilege to spend this afternoon in this wonderful festivity Eid here again in Bankstown representing my Premier, The Hon Gladys Berejiklian, to knowledge the end of Ramadan, a time of reflection for all Muslim,” he said.
In his warm address, Mr Paul Lynch Member for Liverpool Shadow Attorney General affirmed the Australianness of diversity.
“I need to keep saying it, this is a great example of Multicultural NSW & Multicultural Australia,”, he said.
On a similar tone, Mr Jihad Dib Member for Lakemba, Shadow Minister for Education thanked the ICPA and the Sheikhs and said:
“This is not just an Islamic Event, it is an Australian Event. And I want to say to the young kids today to listen to the words of your elders, those who give you good advice. Eid Mubarak,” he said.
Ms Julia Finn MP Member for Granville congratulated the Muslims and conveyed her joy to the event of togetherness.
“Eid Mubarak, it’s great to be here this afternoon, it’s a really beautiful afternoon and this is an essential Australian Celebration of Eid,” she said.
The excitement reached its peak when 2MFM presenters of six live shows took the stage to draw the names of over 25 winners who entered the Live Show competitions on radio throughout Ramadan.
The Eid Festival ended with a magnificent show of fireworks on Saturday and Sunday night, lighting up the region with colour and excitement, and keeping the crowd anxiously awaiting the next Festival of Eid-ul-Adha in two months.