Parramatta council to celebrate Eid

The end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan will be marked by Parramatta council after councillors approved a motion to host a civic reception for Eid.

Eid, or the breaking of the month of fasting for Muslims, falls approximately 30 days after the beginning of Ramadan each year. This year, the date is expected to be around July 28.

Worshippers leaving a prayer session at Parramatta Mosque at the end of Ramadan in 2013. Picture: Natalie Roberts.

Worshippers leaving a prayer session at Parramatta Mosque at the end of Ramadan in 2013. Picture: Natalie Roberts.

Local Muslim dignitaries, business owners, elders and leaders of Muslim organisations will be invited to attend the function, which will be held in August about a fortnight after Eid.

Cr Shahadat Chowdhury, who was behind the July 14 motion, had argued the council should host the event given the region's 16,161 Muslim residents recorded at the 2011 Census, or 9.5 per cent of the population.

"If you have a barbecue [in Parramatta] ... if you have a hundred people there, there's probably a dozen people looking for Halal sausages," he said.

'It's not unreasonable for a council like us to hold at least one event for Eid."

Cr Julia Finn described the event as a "great opportunity to welcome the community to our council chamber" and "celebrate our multiculturalism".

"We celebrate Easter, we celebrate Christmas, and in our community the three biggest religions are Islam, Hinduism and of course, Christianity," Cr Finn said.

"I think the city is doing well at supporting all the diversity of our city," said lord mayor Cr John Chedid.

Deputy lord mayor Paul Garrad voted against the motion.

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