The Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair (MEFF) hosted thousands of festival-goers from the Australian community at Fairfield Showground on Sunday 2 August 2015 in Prairiewood, Sydney.
As one of the most anticipated events on the multicultural calendar, MEFF is the first, the largest and the longest-running Eid Festival in Australia, serving the community for over 30 years.
The event was a marvelous success with crowds and guests from all walks of life attending, around 150 interesting market and international food stalls, thrilling rides, performance cars, entertainment and of course, exclusive to MEFF, the life size baby dinosaur, Tarek the T-Rex!
The festival did much to counter the negative and destructive anti-Muslim sentiment being promoted by right wing extremists and members of the Federal Coalition.
As the Australian MEFF Consortium President, Mr Manar Ahmad said:
“We all – Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, in fact those of all religious or non-religious backgrounds and beliefs, Australians from all walks of lives and values – all have a stake in a peaceful, accepting and respectful Australia.
“That’s what all Australians should reclaim and hold.”
Well respected community leaders from the Muslim and interfaith community attended along with politicians including Mohammed Ali, Dr Q Ashfaq Ahmad, Poet Ms Anne Fairbairn, Dr Mehreen Faruqi NSW MLC, Rev Dr Patrick McInerney, Rabbi Zalman Kastel, Federal Labor MP Michelle Rowland and Dr Hugh McDermott, Labor MP for Prospect.
There were congregational prayers attended by thousands where the Mufti prayed for peace for all and for the Middle East in particular.
The festival was turned into a multicultural marketplace selling traditional cultural dresses, jewellery, books, artworks and henna art – it was a great source of bargain shopping. The festival also offered the best in providing sumptuous international food.
MEFF offered ultimate entertainment with thrilling rides for all ages including pony and camel rides! The stage showcased traditional children folk dances from Turkey, Indonesia, Bosnia and cultural songs from Lebanon and so much more. Festival attendees were thrilled to receive their free MEFF showbags with goodies inside and enjoyed the free Kids Art area. MEFF performers included Batman, Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Dora the Explorer, Kung Fu Panda and their famous animatronic Dinosaur! It was exciting for all ages and gave the event a festival atmosphere.
The Next MEFF will be held for next year’s Eid Ul Fitr on Sunday 10 July 2016 at Fairfield Showground.
Photos by Prema Photo
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