Eid Down Under is a celebration of the Eid al Fitr festival in Brisbane, QLD. Over 20,000 guests attended last year's Eid Down Under and 2017 is only going to get bigger! This family friendly event is open to all and provides a chance for the Muslim community to celebrate the end of Ramadan as well as connect with other groups and communities in Queensland. A key objective of Eid Down Under is to promote cohesion, acceptance and understanding of cultural diversity and its benefits across the entire community. We were one of Brisbane's largest festivals in 2016. And now the story continues in 2017.
What is Eid?
Eid is one of the biggest celebrations worldwide, with over 1.5 billion people celebrating annually.
Muslims celebrate Eid-al-Fitr after a month of fasting during Ramadan. This festival, along with Eid al-Adha a few months later, are two of the most important celebrations in the Muslim calendar.
Each year, Eid creates a festive buzz in the Muslim community. Families present children with gifts, streets are intricately decorated, and hours are spent in the kitchen preparing the elaborate meals.
Eid is also a time to remember those who are less fortunate. The community is encouraged to be a bit more generous and offer more kindness then they typically would.
Through Eid, the Muslim community seeks to promote a sense of friendship and compassion with their neighbors. Eid offers an opportunity to celebrate current friendships and create new ones within the wider community.
About the Islamic Council of QLD
In 2016, Eid Down Under was proudly hosted by the Islamic Council of Queensland at the Islamic College of Brisbane, located at 45 Acacia Road, Karawatha. The Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) represents the interests of Muslims from all backgrounds and denominations in Queensland. ICQ is a peak body representing 17 mosques around the state, spanning from the Gold Coast to Cairns. As a charitable Institution, ICQ is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. The Council has made significant efforts to promote community engagement and collaboration over the past two years. They are currently working towards building a more cohesive society; one that promotes mutual respect, understanding and compassion. The Islamic Council of Queensland has partnerships and working relationships with many community organisations. In 2016 guest speakers were featured at the event, including: Archbishop Mark Coleridge, The Hon. Grace Grace MP Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Mayor Luke Smith (Logan), Councellor Angela Owens, Commissioner Ian Stewart (QLD Police) and more. In 2017, the list is only expected to grow!