Geraldton District Mosque holds Eid Festival to celebrate the end of the month of Ramadan fasting

Jessica MoroneyGeraldton Guardian
Guests at the Ramadan Festival.
Camera IconGuests at the Ramadan Festival. Credit: Shah Jackey

A festival to end fasting during the Muslim holy month was held over the weekend in Geraldton, filling the bellies of about 300 people who celebrate the tradition, known as the Ramadan Festival.

On Saturday, Muslims met at the Geraldton District Mosque to take part in the Eid festival after ending the month of Ramadan on Friday.

Geraldton Islamic Association public relations officer Shah Jackey said the day consisted of prayers, salutations, refreshments and forgiveness among families and friends, with about 300 people attending.

“There’s big hugs and we call all our relatives from distance and afar, forgive each other for all the past shortcomings and it’s really emotional — it’s a very emotional part of the year,” he said.

The community was encouraged to bring food, and a range of Malay, Arabic, Middle Eastern and Indonesian plates were available.

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Mr Jackey said completing the month of fasting and not giving into temptation was an achievement and encouraged patience and calmness.

“The body rests as well with all the intake we have during the day. It’s like a cleanse, you’re giving the intestines a rest,” he said.

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