The Eid Down Under Festival is a celebration of the Eid al Fitr in Brisbane, QLD. Over 30,000 guests attended Eid Down Under in 2016 and 2017, and 2018 is going to be massive! This family friendly event is open to all and provides a chance for the Muslim community to celebrate the end of Ramadan connect with friends from other groups and communities. 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 2017. And now the story continues in 2018.
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
Eid Down Under is 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 21 Mosques and Community Organisations 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. Previous guest speakers at the event included: Imam Uzair Akbar, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, The Hon. Grace Grace MP Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Councellor Angela Owens, Commissioner Ian Stewart (QLD Police) and more.