The annual Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair (MEFF) is the first, the largest and the longest-running Eid Festival in Australia that welcomes tens thousands of people from the Australian Multicultural community at Fairfield Showground.
MEFF started in 1987 and has been held every year since then except in 2020 and 2021 due to restrictions based on COVID-19 pandemic. The last MEFF was the 36th in a row held on Sunday 9 June 2019.
MEFF is usually celebrated on the Sundays following Eid Al-Fitr. Started by the Islamic Foundation for Education and Welfare (IFEW), it is run by the Australian MEFF consortium, a non profit community based organisation.
Its founder, Dr Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad realised that Eid was not being celebrated as a festival of joy as in his home country India and together with the help of his family organised the first MEFF in 1987 as a multicultural event welcoming all, thus founding the first ever Eid Festival in Australia.
By 1991, MEFF moved to Fairfield Showground, very soon catering for tens of thousands of people from over 35 different multicultural communities, at its peak attracting up to 30,000 people.
MEFF is a showcase of multicultural Australia, an icon of Muslim unity in diversity providing a platform for celebration, tolerance and peace on a grand scale. Muslims from all backgrounds, ethnic communities, mosques and societies gather at MEFF to display their colourful costumes, sumptuous food, songs, folk dances and other displays within the bounds of the Islamic way of life.
Dr Ahmad passed away in February 2022, but MEFF continues as one of his legacies and a sadqa jaria, passing on the skills from generation to generation to celebrate Eid through Australian volunteerism in order to put smiles on the faces of young and old in an atmosphere of peace and harmony.