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11th Chand Raat Eid Festival 2009

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 04:39 PM

An event not to be missed
Thousands expected again this year

Saturday 19th September
Whitlam Leisure Centre
Memorial avenue
Liverpool NSW
6pm til midnight


Chand Raat Eid Festival is marking its11th year with a spectacular event. It is being held on Saturday, the 19th of September, 2009, at Whitlam Leisure Centre, Liverpool, NSW (Australia). The Carnival starts 6.00pm and ends midnight.

Chand Raat, which means night of the moon, is a celebration of the ending of Ramadan and the start of Eid-ul-Fitr. Since the Islamic Calendar is lunar, Eid ul-Fitr is on the first of Shawwal - the tenth month of the Islamic year. Since this custom is dependent on the sighting of the moon, it can often happen on different days in different parts of the world.

Chand Raat Eid Festival is an open festival-style, entry-free, carnival where variety of stalls, children rides and entertainment are arranged.

As this year it is being held on Saturday evening, we are expecting an even greater turnout compared to previous years. Hon Laurie Ferguson, Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services and Ms Wendy Waller, the Mayor of Liverpool City Council will be the respected guests of the occasion along with many other community representatives.

We would like to thank our sponsors, stall-holders, supporters, Liverpool Council, Whitlam Leisure Centre’s management and the entire multicultural communities of NSW who have been equally contributing and making the event remarkably successful for the last 10 years.

The aim of celebrating the Chand Raat Eid Festival is to promote traditional Eid celebrations in multicultural Australia among the younger generation; especially those born and raised in Australia.

The festival is an opportunity for families to get together, do Eid shopping and eat delicious foods from a variety of stalls. The community groups and individuals place variety of stalls such as clothes, jewellery, henna, bangles, shoes, food, toys, handicraft and many other traditional items. It also provides the opportunity for many Australians unaware of such festivities to get together and enjoy the various different cultural exhibitions. There are children amusements and rides and multicultural performances on stage.


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