Eid Carnival brings people together in Christchurch
(Picture caption Eid prayers in Christchurch: picture courtesy Muslim Association of Canterbury)
Organised by three community organisations, the Eid Carnival held in Christchurch on June 16, at the Lincoln Events Centre, was a huge success. The evening event, which culminated with the end of Ramadan, was made possible by the tireless efforts of volunteers and office bearers of the Canterbury Muslim Community Trust (CMCT), Muslim Association of Canterbury (MAC), and National Islamic Sister Assembly (NISA). Earlier in the day, Salat Idul Fitr (Eid prayers) were held at the Pioneer Stadium led by Imam Gamal of Masjid Al Noor of Christchurch, with takbeer starting at 7.30am, followed by salah.
Meanwhile, with thousands attending, the Eid Carnival had something for everyone. It started with isha prayers, followed by an anasheed performance. Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Megan Woods was the chief guest. The winners of the Quran competition and Ramadan quiz received their prizes during the event too.
Apart from a gladiator pit, two bouncy castles, a tug-of-war competition, and several carnival games and races; an additional attraction this year – which was a big hit – was the cutting edge virtual reality game. Especially for the ladies attending, there was a henna and face painting stall as well.
Another major attraction, the last of the night, was the futsal tournament with trophies and prizes for the winners. Additionally, Canterbury United Dragons Futsal men's team coach Mr Ronan Naicker ran a few introductory sessions and share with the attendee the skills, rules and techniques about the fastest growing sport in the world.