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Breaking The Fast in the city

The holy month of Ramadan is a very special time of the year for Muslims. In Canberra more than 8,000 Muslims observe the fast. Breaking fast (called Iftar) occurs at a designated time around sunset on each day of this month.

The Ramadan Breaking Fast in the city event idea came out of the 2014 One Canberra Symposium and it is a recommendation that was put forward by the One Canberra Reference Group to the Minister of Multicultural Affairs Yvette Berry in August 2015.

The 2016 event will be held on Saturday 11 June from 4.30pm at Civic Square. It is a multi -way partnership between Canberra CBD Limited, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Canberra Islamic Centre, and various community organisations along with their foreign missions based in Canberra.

The 2016 event is the first time such an event has been held in Canberra and it is anticipated that there will be up to 22 different nationalities represented. There will be 10 different food stalls. Given the nature of the occasion, it will be a free event open to the public, however in order to plan and cater for it the organising committee has agreed to cap the event to 2,000 people.

This will be managed by issuing a voucher through participating community organisations. The voucher will enable patrons to initially the Iftar plate of food with which to break fast and the main course that will be available following the prayers. There will seating arrangements as well as a designated area for people who wish to perform the prayers shortly after the breaking of the fast.

The event will be delivered by Canberra CBD Limited’s Events and from the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Both will facilitate the event by organising the stalls, stages, closing the roads in the city, security, waste management, first aid, ambulances, SES, sound and lighting, sponsors, entertainers and coordinating all community showcases, among other things.

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