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Deakin University, in partnership with the Australian Intercultural Society (AIS) and the Islamic Society of Deakin University, hosted the inaugural Eid and Cultural Festival on Thursday 23 August. Eid marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, the holy month in the Islamic calendar in which Muslims fast from dawn till dusk. The festival is one of many events that recognizes, celebrates and deepens our connection with Deakin's culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
The University also fosters spiritual life on campus through its multi-faith spiritual centre, which brings together students and staff from a range of religions and faiths.
Attended by 300 guests, the celebrations took place from 4-6 pm in the Sports Hall at the Burwood Campus, with entertainment provided by six diverse community groups who performed traditional music and dances from Bosnia, Indonesia, Turkey and Istanbul.
Mr Ahmet Orhan Polat, Executive Director of the Australian Intercultural Society, commended Deakin for playing a leading role among Australian universities in promoting and celebrating cultural, ethnic and religious diversity, and applauded Deakin for being the only Victorian university to have hosted an Eid and Cultural Festival.
A number of students from the Islamic Society of Deakin University also provided positive feedback, expressing their pride in attending the celebrations and being part of Deakin.