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Muslims mark their most holy month
Traza Brag of Higgins helps prepare food for Ramadan.
Picture: MELISSA ADAMS
After the sun set on Thursday and the
prayers had been said, the ACT s
Muslim community sat down with the
chief minister to break the fast on the
fifth day of Ramadan.
The third annual ACT Ramadan
dinner, hosted by Chief Minister Katy
Gallagher, was held at the Theo
Notaras Multicultural Centre in Civic.
More than 100 people attended the
event, which Ms Gallagher said was an
important occasion to show respect to
the Muslim community and promote
tolerance and understanding.
We all understand about Easter
and Christmas and we have no
problem with everyone celebrating
those, but Ramadan is less well
understood, she said.
Although that is changing. You
just walk into the shops today and
you ll see dates at the counter. So that
is starting to change, but these
[dinners] facilitate understanding and
through that tolerance and, hopefully,
harmony across the community.
Canberra Islamic Centre president
Azra Khan said Ramadan was the
most significant month on the Islamic
calendar, when Muslims get a chance
to stop and think about their
relationship with God. In 2014 it falls
between June 29 and July 28.
It is a very holy month where
people try to take stock of their lives
and focus on being more religious in
their behaviours and try and observe
all the rituals that Muslims are meant
to, but in a more sincere way, she
Throughout the month of Ramadan,
Ms Khan said Muslims don t eat
between sunrise and sunset, breaking
their fast in the evening with a large
Food is such a distraction, food
and drink, your whole world revolves
around food and drink and during
Ramadan, when you don t have that
during the course of the day, you
actually can focus on what it is to be
a Muslim, she said.
Ms Khan said Canberra had a close
and diverse Islamic community, with
members from across a range of ethnic
groups and countries.
We ve got Indian, Pakistanis,
Sudanese, Malaysians, Indonesians
and Turkish people -- there s a vast mix
of different people from different
countries who live in Canberra, she
TACTILE SHOWCASE AT
BUS DEPOT MARKETS
Some of the region s best textile
artists will converge on the Old Bus
Depot Markets this Sunday for the
10th Creative Fibre showcase.
The spectacular and colourful
event has been delighting patrons
annually for a decade and the
printed, woven, knitted and hand-
dyed items will be on show and up
for sale once again.
Creative Fibre takes place on
Sunday, July 13, from 10am to 4pm
at the Old Bus Depot Markets,
Wentworth Avenue, Kingston. Entry
is free. For more information, visit
Polling has opened for the 2014 ACT
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Indigenous residents aged 18 or
older are eligible to vote at polling
booths across Canberra.
A total of 14 candidates are
contesting the seven-seat body.
The elected body enables the
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
community to have a strong,
democratically-elected voice and
provide direct advice to the ACT
For more information, visit
A $950,000 Kings Highway safety
upgrade will be finished on Friday
July 11. As part of a $20 million
NSW government commitment to
improving safety, $650,000 has been
spent at the intersection of Kings
Highway and Larbert Road to flatten
out a dangerous bend and allow
vehicles to safely negotiate it at the
100km/h speed limit.
A further $300,000 was provided
to widen the west-bound road
shoulder at the Kings Highway and
Western Distributor intersection near
Braidwood. "Work started early in
the year and motorists have been
very patient travelling through the
work site while traffic controllers
were in place," Monaro MP John
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