The Afghan community in Western Sydney has achieved a milestone hosting its first Eid festival. Over 200 people turned out for the celebration, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
The Afghan Community Support Association of NSW (ACSA) held its first Eid festival at a park in front of Blacktown mosque. 28 volunteers worked at the event. The all day event raised over $4000, which is all going towards Blacktown mosque to help pay off the debt of the mosque.
The past month, Muslims in Sydney and around the world participated in Ramadan, the month of fasting. This involves abstaining from food, drinks and other physical needs. Ramadan is about purifying the soul, donating to charity, sacrificing needs and focusing attention on God.
Eid ul-Fitr officially commenced on Tuesday the 29th traditionally goes for three days, events were held later in the forthcoming week. The event included activities such as face painting, a petting zoo, a photo booth, and other fun activities.
Food was also sold at the event including succulent Afghan kebab, Kabuli palaw (traditional Afghan dish), sheer yakh (Afghan ice cream), tea, cake and much more.
Mohammad Nader Azamy, President of the ACSA, said: “The event was very good for our first time hosting, it was successful. It was great seeing everyone happy, smiling and laughing. The food was delicious as well, kebabs were the best! I am very grateful for the volunteers who did a good job”.
“I received many warm and positive responses towards the event. Many visitors told me they had a good time, especially their children. They also said it was good for the community to get together and celebrate Eid”, he said.
It was a cold and gusty day but the atmosphere was fun and welcoming. The festival was filled with the Afghan community from Blacktown and surrounding suburbs. There was also a few non-Muslim visitors that came to have a look.
Tooba Faizi, one of the volunteers at the event, said: “I loved the event, I enjoyed it because everyone was laughing and smiling. It was good to see the kids running around happy and enjoying themselves with the activities”.
ACSA is grateful to all the wonderful volunteers who made the event happen. The Eid festival brought the local community together along with their family and friends to celebrate with ACSA and share Afghan culture.