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Major Islamic festival a time for celebration and reflection

Western Australia’s Muslim community will come together this week to celebrate Eid ul-Adha – one of the most important festivals in the Islamic calendar.

Eid ul-Adha is celebrated at the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, known as the Hajj. It is a reminder of the sacredness of life and a significant celebration for the Western Australian Muslim community.

For the more than 40,000 Muslims living in WA, the period will be marked with visits to family and friends and donations to charity.

The State Government, through the Office of Multicultural Interests, is supporting two major community events to mark Eid ul-Adha:

the Perth Eid Festival in Mirrabooka, organised by the Furqan Islamic Association; and
the Multicultural Eid Carnival in Southern River, organised by the Australian Arab Association.

Details for these events, and others happening throughout the State, are available at http://www.omi.wa.gov.au

Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia said “Eid festivals have been held in WA since 1896 and are an important part of our cultural heritage.

“The Eid ul-Adha community events being held across the State are a great opportunity for everyone to join the celebrations and learn more about Islamic culture.

“I wish all Western Australian Muslims celebrating Eid ul-Adha – Eid Mubarak! – and to everyone performing the Hajj, I wish you safe and happy travels.”

Source: Government of Western Australia.