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EID Festival Celebration 2012

  • El_Dalouna Cultural Dance Group
  • Even Queen Lizzy visited the CFA stand

By: Steven Corrigan

Category: Community Safety, Events / Fundraising / Offers

  10.32 AM 15 November, 2012

Location: District 8 News

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Eid al-Adha is a significant annual Islamic observance for Muslim communities across Australia. It is also known as the Feast of Sacrifice or Festival of Sacrifice as it commemorates Ibrahim’s (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his son to God.

Eid al-Adha also follows from the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. This pilgrimage applies to Muslims worldwide, as they are required to perform the Hajj once in their lives. Some Muslims in Australia may travel to Mecca prior to Eid al-Adha to make this pilgrimage.

To mark this Event, the Victorian Arabic Social Services in partnership with Local Governments in the South East and the Community organized a Family Day on Saturday November 11, 12:00pm-6:00pm at Jan Wilson Community Centre, Noble Park East.

The festival has a special atmosphere of peace, respect, giving and receiving, as well as sharing and caring. It is a special day for children because it is a day to socialize with family, friends and other children in celebrating Eid al-Adha.

The day comprised of music & Nasheed (religious hymns), magic shows, rides, face painting, comedy stand up, folkloric performances and multicultural food stalls, clothing & accessories.

The El-Dalouna Cultural Dance group has been training at the Dandenong Oasis Pool for the last two years. The group was created in 2010 and its origin is Arabic folkloric dancing. The group comprises of diverse nationalities and has performed in various community events in the South East as well as in the city (Viva Victoria & Hype Fest.

Last Updated: 15 November 2012