Western Australian Muslims will join millions around the world this week in celebrating Eid ul-Adha, one of the most important festivals on the Islamic calendar.Eid ul-Adha marks the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, known as the Hajj. Also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, it is a reminder of the sacredness of life and is a time of significant celebration and reflection for the WA Muslim community.
Eid ul-Adha is one of two key festivals on the Islamic calendar. The other is Eid ul-Fitr, which falls at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
For more than 50,000 Western Australians who follow the Islamic faith in WA, the period will be marked by helping others, strengthening family ties, and making community connections.
This year, the McGowan Government, through the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Grants Program, is supporting three major events to mark Eid ul-Adha:
Eid events are now some of the biggest community festivals in this State and are enjoyed by WA Muslim communities, as well as by increasing numbers from the wider community.
"Eid festivals have been held in Western Australia since 1896 and are an important part of our cultural heritage," said Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia"With many community events happening around the State, Eid ul-Adha is an occasion to advance understanding between cultures and strengthen the foundations of our multicultural community."On behalf of the McGowan Government, I would like to wish all Western Australian Muslims and their families Eid Mubarak during this important time - and to everyone undertaking the Hajj, I wish them a safe journey and return." More information about Eid events can be found at http://www.omi.wa.gov.au