The 36th annual Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair (MEFF), the first, the largest and the longest-running Eid Festival in Australia welcomed thousands of people from the Australian Multicultural community at Fairfield Showground on Sunday 9 June, soon after Eid-ul-Fitr celebrating the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

As one of the most anticipated events on the multicultural calendar, MEFF welcomes all Australians of various faiths and cultural background showcasing unity in diversity.

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The event was a great success on a sunny day with almost 100 interesting market and international food stalls, thrilling rides, showground entertainment, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Dora the Explorer, Pikachu, and a life size baby dinosaur, Tarek the T-Rex!

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MEFF 2019 was held successfully through the sponsorship of Human Appeal International Australia, LHS group Low Cost Housing, MysatGo and support of the Islamic Foundation for Education & Welfare, IFEW, with the Australasian Muslim Times AMUST as its Media Partner.

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The entertainment at MEFF 2019 included exceptionally artistic Quranic recitation by young Qari Taqi Saadi, display of martial arts, Taekwondo performances, Tamil Musical band, Tamilan Silambattam (weapon-based martial art of India), Bosnian folk dances, Islamic quiz and art competitions and workshops, and award ceremonies.

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The formal program at the Main Ceremony, MC’ed by Orhan Kaba started with national anthem sung by Mehreen Javed followed by Acknowledgement of Country, Islamic prayer for peace by Zia Ahmad followed by one minute of silence in honour of victims of terrorist attacks on all houses of worship specially this year in Christchurch, Colombo and in US.

Entry prize winners with MEFF President Ali Alsalami (left).

The welcome address was given by Mr Ali Alsalami, President of MEFF while representatives from MEFF sponsors addressed the crowd from the stage representing Human Appeal International Australia, LHS group .Low Cost Housing, MysatGo.

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Photo by Murtaza Bagasrawala. @pmurtaza52, www.teamworksltd.met

Well respected community leaders from the Muslim and interfaith community attended along with state and federal politicians. The speakers from the stage at the MEFF Main ceremony included Senator Dr Mehreen Faruqui and Mr Jihad Dib MP.

Senator Faruqi said that she attended MEFF in 1994 when she first arrived in Australia and was glad that this long-running festival kept on going year after year.

“It is a great pleasure celebrating Eid with so many old and new friends at Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair at Fairfield Showground. Eid Mubarak!,” Senator Faruqi commented.

Mr Dib also used to attend MEFF during his younger years and now ensures he is at each MEFF. Mr Dib praised the organisation for its long track record of 36 years in bringing our diverse community together.

One of the stall holders commented:

“Alhamdulliah I wanted to say that I finally set up workshop in the Eid Multicultural festival first time. Our deaf community meets many beautiful cultures in different ways! It’s very great for our experiences. I felt so good about that! And also I wanted to say big thanks for supporting and that was the best ever! It was really lovely memories for giving me the award first time in 2019! 🎓🎓

Thank you Sharon for volunteering and it was successful building so it would be growing next time inshallah!

Thank you for your all supporting and thank you for donating, Eid Multicultural sponsors!

It was my pleasure. I felt like that I got so many blessings from you and that means a lot to me! Thanks again! ❤
” – Deaf Muslim Awareness Australia.

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