Hon Mike Nahan BEc MS PhD MLA

Hon Mike Nahan BEc MS PhD MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Energy; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Eid celebrations set to shine across WA

    12/09/2016 10:00 AM
    • The Liberal National Government is supporting Eid celebrations across the State

    Thousands of people from all backgrounds will join Western Australia's Muslim community this week to celebrate Eid al-Adha at festivals and events across WA.


    Eid al-Adha, which depends on the phase of the moon and is being celebrated on September 12 this year, is the second major annual Eid celebration for the Muslim community and commemorates the completion of the pilgrimage to Mecca - known as the Hajj.


    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the Liberal National Government was proud to support a variety of multicultural Eid festivals this year through grants from the Office of Multicultural Interests.


    The Australian Arab Association and the Islamic Council of Western Australia each received $25,000 over 2016-17 for the celebration of community Eid carnivals.


    Dr Nahan said Eid festivals were an occasion to advance understanding between cultures and strengthen the foundations of our multicultural community.


    "The Eid al-Adha carnivals are wonderful family festivals where everyone can come together and enjoy an inclusive and exciting multicultural celebration," he said.


    "These family and community festivals attract large numbers of people, and welcome the participation of Australians of all faiths and cultural backgrounds.


    "WA's Muslim community is a key part of our culturally diverse society and it is a pleasure to see Eid celebrations deservedly taking their place among this State's most important and well-attended community festivals.  I wish WA's Muslim community Eid Mubarak, and to those who have participated in the Hajj, I wish you safe and happy travels."


    Eid festivals include The Multicultural Eid-Adha Carnival presented by the Australian Arab Association, Eid in the Park presented by the Islamic Centre of WA, Perth Eid Festival presented by the Furqan Islamic Association of Western Australia, and a Mexican-themed celebration presented by the Muslim Social and Sports Association.


    Fact File

    • WA is home to more than 39,000 Muslims
    • About one-third of WA Muslims were born in Australia
    • Main ancestries of WA Muslims are Indonesian, Malay, Afghan, Arabic, Iraqi, Indian, Pakistani, Somali, English, Lebanese, Iranian, Turkish and Bosnian
    • For more information about all Eid al-Adha events, visit http://www.omi.wa.gov.au

    Minister's office - 6552 5700


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