Time to feast as end of holy month is celebrated
A HUNDRED hungry bellies were satisfied during daylight hours for the first time in 30 days, as Gladstone's Muslim community celebrated the end of the holy month of Ramadan on Tuesday.
The end of Ramadan is known as Eid al-Fitr, and marks the end of a month-long period of daily fasting from break of dawn to sunset.
Gladstone Muslim families with heritage from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Egypt and Guinea joined for prayer before feasting and celebrations began at the Catholic Parish Hall on Herbert St.
"Muslims celebrate Eid with a similar festive mind as Christmas," said Bangladesh-born Shahrin Akter.
Ms Akter said this week's Multicultural Week festivities, which celebrate cultural diversity, came at a good time given the diversity of the Islamic community in Gladstone who would be celebrating Eid al-Fitr.
Multicultural Week activities around Gladstone on Tuesday also included a healthy Indian cooking class run out of a Clinton home.
English-born Tannum Sands resident Sarah Bell said she learned how to cook curry the traditional Indian way, with no packaged food or European kitchen utensils, such as chopping boards and measuring cups.
"It was surprising how quick it was, when you think it was cooked from scratch," she said.
Multicultural Week activities also included a special Language Cafe at Gladstone City Library, at which multicultural stories were told by people from different cultural backgrounds.