Muslim community’s warm Valley welcome

The broader Latrobe Valley community will have its chance to join a traditionally Muslim celebration when the end of Ramadan is acknowledged on Saturday.

Multicultural food, market stalls and a range of free activities will be on offer throughout an Eid Festival that will take place at Traralgon Sports Stadium.

The United Muslim Sisters of Latrobe Valley and Relationships Australia Victoria – Traralgon Centre have partnered together to host the carnival-event, and invite the non-Muslim community to take part.

The idea is to get people of all backgrounds talking to one another while families and children enjoy a day of activities, entertainment and food.

“We have the big festivals in Melbourne and Sydney, we are just trying to have that regionally here,” UMSLV secretary Yumna Ahmed said.

“Regional people are lovely and the most accepting people there are.

“(We want to) let rural people know who Muslims are and know they are lovely people.”

The festival organisers are hoping about 500 people will attend the festival, where they would like to see strangers become friends regardless of culture, religion or ethnicity.

Relationships Australia Victoria – Traralgon Centre community liaison officer Bianca Pezzutto said there would be plenty of things to see and do, and plenty of places to sit and talk.

The Eid Festival will take place from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, 16 July at the Traralgon Sports Stadium, Catterick Crescent, Traralgon.

Take warm clothes and a gold coin donation per family to enter the event.

What: Latrobe Valley’s Eid Festival

When: Saturday, 16 July from 11am to 4pm

Where: Traralgon Sports Stadium, Catterick Crescent, Traralgon

Contact: Relationships Australia Victoria – Traralgon Centre by phone 5175 9500 or email traralgon@rav.org.au

United Muslim Sisters of Latrobe Valley by email access.umslvpresident@gmail.com or search ‘UMSLV’ on Facebook.