Festival celebrates Pakistani culture

THE Pakistani Cultural Society of Tasmania (PCST) recently hosted a festival to celebrate Ed-al-Adha, with hundreds of greater Hobart residents joining in the festivities.

The festival, which was held at the Hobart City Hall on 20 July, included multicultural food, entertainment, market stalls and fun activities for kids.

Labor Member for Clark Ella Haddad attended the event and said it was a fun evening for all.

“It was so lovely to join the Pakistani Cultural Society of Tasmania for their Eid celebrations,” she said.

“The PCST is still a relatively new organisation and they are to be commended for working so hard to not only put on a great festival that brought many multicultural communities together to celebrate Eid, but also for providing support and advocacy for Pakistani and other migrant communities through their work.”

The festival followed the Eid-al-Fitr celebrations hosted at the City Hall by the Mosque and Tasmania University Union Muslim Association two months ago, marking the end of Ramadan.

Eid-al-Adha is a religious holiday held roughly two months later, at a time when many Muslims complete the Hajj pilgrimage.

“The Eid festivals are important days on the Muslim calendar and the celebrations were quite special,” Ms Haddad said.

“Especially as so many families are still separated for long periods of time due to COVID-19.

“I thank the PCST, along with all the stall holders and attendees for their efforts in creating the festival, and for inviting me along to participate in the fun festivities.”

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