Eid Declared in Australia: Where to Celebrate in Sydney & Melbourne, Free Parking & More
By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | July 28, 2014 1:01 PM EST
Australia celebrates Eid on July 28 as the new moon has been sighted in Saudi Arabia. In addition to the celebration down under, there will be Eid celebrations in Europe and the United States as well. Eid-al-Fitr is the biggest Islamic festival in the world that is celebrated by millions of Muslims all around the world.
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A Filipino Muslim looks at her mobile phone while waiting for morning prayers to begin, during the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, early morning at a public park in Manila July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
In Saudi Arabia, the Eid-al-Fitr moon was seen on Sunday, July 27. The British Muslim Forum Confederation of Sunni Mosques, on the other hand, declared that the festival was to be celebrated on Tuesday, July 29.
The celebration began in Australia as the members of the Muslim community in the country got together at mosques. New South Wales Premier Mike Baird was invited as one of the dignitaries to attend the celebration. Baird said that the government would always stand by Islamic community in the country.
"A friend here in New South Wales, a friend leading the Government. We will always listen to them and always respond to them," Baird said.
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If you want to celebrate the festival with the community, here is a great way to do so. The "Chand Raat Eid Festival" was celebrated in Sydney and Melbourne consecutively. The celebration of "Chand Raat," which means the "Moon Night" in Arabic, was held in the cities on July 27. However, the Eid celebration is going to take place on July 29 from 10 am in Sydney Olympic Park and on August 2 from 12 noon in Sandown Racecourse in Melbourne.
In addition to the regular train and bus service to Sydney Olympic Park, a free bus service will be there between Parramatta Station and Rosehill Gardens in every half an hour.
There will be a free parking facility at the Centre Car Park in Melbourne.
The entry is free for everyone. There will be live entertainment and various stalls. Check for more information HERE.
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