Community celebrates Eid Fitr festival in North Melbourne

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Brendan Rees

Hundreds of people have come together to celebrate a community-led Eid Fitr festival in North Melbourne with a range of food, music, and entertainment.   

Also called the “Festival of Breaking the Fast”, Eid Fitr is an Islamic festival that marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk each day.

The April 29 event saw 500 people of all faiths and backgrounds gather at the Alfred St public housing estate to enjoy activities including music, jumping castles, face painting, barbecue, and food stalls.

“The festival celebration was amazing, communities from North Melbourne, Flemington and surrounding areas came together and celebrated together through celebrating, sharing stories and conversation, food, play, Eid music,” president of the Melbourne Somali Community Inc. Awil Hussein said, whose group organised the day.

 

The weather was fantastic, and our community, families and children had a joyful and great Eid atmosphere celebration to remember.

 

Mr Hussein thanked all volunteers, attendees, and everyone who made the day possible.

Supporters of the event included the City of Melbourne, North Melbourne Housing office, Drummond Street, the Australian Muslim Social Services Agency, Horn Travel, Habib Family Day Services North Melbourne Language and Learning (NMLL), The Venny, and The Huddle.

Mr Hussein said feedback was welcomed “so we can make it bigger and better next year’s Eid festival”. •

 

Caption: Crowds gather to celebrate Eid Fitr festival in North Melbourne. Photos: Supplied.

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