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How to celebrate Eid-al-Fitr in Australia

If you’re studying in Australia, you’ll probably know that Muslims celebrate Eid-al-Fitr on the first day of Shawwal in the Islamic calender. It marks the end of the month long Ramadan and the start of feast and family togetherness for the next three days.

 

Preparing for Eid-al-Fitr

Decorate your room or house with lovely bright lights. If you’re feeling a bit arty, try making your own little decorations. There are a lot of craft shops that you can get coloured papers and ribbons at a cheap price. Being away from family doesn’t have to be a sad occasion – you can always get in the mood with close friends who probably won’t have the chance to fly home either.

 

What can you do?

Eid-al-Fitr is an important Islamic holiday for the Muslims across Australia. You may be away from home and family, but there’s no reason to forget your traditions. Make sure you wake up to Sheer Khurma – a dish of dates cooked in milk. Enjoy it with your housemates and with other Muslim friends who live down the halls. Then, head to the mosque in your new outfits.

 

                                                                             Sheer Khurma

 

Public life

Eid-al-Fitr is not a federal public holiday in Australia. However, many Islamic business and organizations may alter their business hours during this event. If you’re lucky, you may not have a lecture on that day and could probably spend time calling your family back home.

 

Celebrating Eid-al-Fitr in Australia

This special day may fall on Saturday July 18th this year.

 

Note: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variaton of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.

 

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