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End of Ramadan - Eid El-Fitr Celebration

POSTED: 08th July 2016

Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative invites the Macarthur community celebrate Eid El-Fitr, (end of Ramadan) with the Muslim community at Koshigaya Park on 13 July 2016.

Koshigaya Park is expected to be buzzing with entertainment, games, and a barbecue lunch on the day.

Ramadan is a special month of the year in the Islamic calendar. During the month, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset every day as part of an effort towards self-purification and betterment.

Ramadan is a time for inner reflection, devotion and self-control. The sighting of the new moon at the end of Ramadan marks the celebration of Eid El-Fitr which fell this year on 6th July.

There are two major celebrations in the Islamic Calendar. All Muslims celebrate the completion of Ramadan which is known as Eid Al-Fitr or the festival of breaking the fast. The other celebration is Eid Al-Adha (festival of sacrifice), which takes place during the annual pilgrimage to the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

MDSI welcomes all members of the wider community to come together and celebrate with us.

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Refugee created artworks

Refugees In Pictures

POSTED: 05th July 2016 SOURCE: Macarthur Chroncile 28th June 2016

Exhibition shares asylum seeker's experiences.

In a celebration of Refugee Week, Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative and Campbelltown Arts Centre is showcasing the experiences of refugees through an art exhibition.

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Refugee Week 2016 - Celebrating Diversity Art Exhibition

POSTED: 20th June 2016

Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative, in partnership with Campbelltown Arts Centre is Celebrating Diversity and showcasing the refugee experience through art and cultural expression.

The theme “With Courage Let us combine” reminds us that, while a refugee’s journey begins with danger, it also begins with hope. Refugees flee their homelands not only because they fear persecution, but also because they have hope in finding freedom from persecution, and safety and security for themselves and their families; they hope to be given a chance to start a new life and recover from past trauma.

As ordinary people living peaceful lives, we rarely have to put our courage to the test. Refugees are ordinary people, too, except that through no fault of their own, they find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. As such, they are often required to dig deep into their own inner sources of strength in order to find "the ability to overcome fear". Many refugees face ongoing discrimination, violence and uncertainty, with little hope for a resolution in the near future. The theme calls on us to consider how we can provide solutions for these refugees. Research carried out by the Refugee Council of Australia has shown that refugees make important economic, civil and social contributions to Australian society. Australia’s refugees and humanitarian entrants have found success in every field of endeavour, including the arts, sports, media, science, research, business and civic and community life.

The exhibition is from 24 June – 3 July 2016 at Campbelltown Arts centre.

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