With the end of restrictions due to COVID-19, Australian Muslims marked Eid Al-Fitr, celebrating the end of the fasting month of Ramadan on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 May 2022.

Congregational Eid prayers were offered early in the morning not only in mosques but also in stadiums, public parks and community halls to accommodate the large number of men, women and children.

Both, the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) as well as the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) announced well in advance, with the predicted appearance of the new moon, Sunday was to be the last day of Ramadan and the day of Eid Al-Fitr to be Monday 2 May 2022.

However some Muslims celebrated Eid on Tuesday 3 May based on the physical sighting of the crescent within Australia according to Moonsighting Australia advice.

Eid celebrations are held at the end of a special time of fasting during the month of Ramadan, spiritual reflection, study of the Quran, special Taraveeh prayers, seeking forgiveness, charity and self-reflection.

Again with the ease in restrictions due to COVID-19 pandemic during Ramadan, home, family and community Iftars were held throughout Australia hosted by not only Muslims but Australians of other faiths as well.

With the rare confluence of major Abrahamic festivals, Ramadan, Easter and Passover falling in April 2022, Ramadan Iftar gathering brought together Australians of all background, cultures, people of various faiths as well as those of no faith.

After a break of two years due to COVID, the most popular Ramadan Nights Festival in Haldon Street Lakemba resumed throughout the month from dusk to dawn attracting tens of thousands of people every night at the Muslim hub in Lakemba where visitors enjoyed unique multicultural street cuisine.

With a lucky break from rain with mild sunny days the community celebrated Eid with great fanfare, meeting and greeting families, friends, neighbours and all, sharing special multicultural Eid meals.

A number of community leaders as well as politicians joined Muslim gatherings for Eid prayers at major mosques as well as in the open grounds.

PM Scot Morrison with Muslim community members at Parramatta Park on Eid day Monday 2 May 2022.

PM Scot Morrison as well as the former PM Kevin Rudd met the Muslim community members at the Eid prayers held on Monday morning 2 May at Parramatta Park organised by the Parramatta Mosque Committee in Western Sydney.

Former PM Kevin Rudd with Muslim community members at Parramatta Park on Eid day Monday 2 May 2022.

Again after a break of two years due to COVID, Eid festivals will now be held during the first half of the month of May in various cities of Australia.

The first, the largest and the longest running Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair, MEFF resumes this year at Fairfield Showground on Sunday 15 May 2022.

All welcome.