West Australian Muslims will join millions around the world in celebrating one of the most important times in the Islamic calendar - Eid-ul-Fitr, during festivities across the State this week.
Eid-ul-Fitr, literally translated as 'festival of breaking the fast', marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and is celebrated by giving to charity and spending time with family and friends.
Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said family friendly Eid-ul-Fitr activities created an opportunity for people from all cultures and faiths to come together.
"Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr is a joyous time for WA Muslims and is characterised by giving back to the wider community through charitable deeds," Dr Nahan said.
"Over the past month, the Muslim community has opened its doors to invite people to experience and enjoy Islamic traditions, such as Iftar dinners.
"During Eid, there will be celebrations all over this great State and I encourage everyone to get involved with the festivities in their local area."
This year, the State Government, via the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program, is proud to support many Eid events, including the Australian Arab Association's Multicultural Eid Carnival on Saturday, July 16 and the Islamic Council of Western Australia's Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations with $12,500 grants respectively.
The Liberal National Government has also provided both groups a further $12,500 in funding each for their Eid festivities to be held in 2017.
The Minister said the Government proudly acknowledged and celebrated cultural diversity as one of the State's great strengths.
"On behalf of the Liberal National Government, I would like to wish all West Australian Muslims a very happy Eid-ul-Fitr," Dr Nahan said.
About 40,000 Muslims live in Western Australia
WA is home to more than 14 mosques and prayer halls, and six Islamic schools and colleges
The State's Muslim community is very diverse. In addition to those born in Australia, many have migrated from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America
Ramadan ends on July 5, depending on the phase of the moon
Minister's office - 6552 5700