Eden Park to host Musilm festival
Up to 4000 Muslims are expected to take over Auckland's Eden Park next month for a festival marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Auckland Eid Day on August 19 will mark the two Islamic festivals of Eid al-Adha and Eid-ul-Fitr, observed by both major branches of Islam and Druze to end the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-dusk fasting for Ramadan.
Created by the Mt Roskill-based Al-Manar Trust, Eid Day is touted as open for collaboration and contributions from Muslims of different ethnicities, backgrounds and gender.
It was held last year at Auckland's ASB Show Grounds and attracted 3000 people.
The Eid Day website says the Eden Park event will feature a wide variety of games, food stalls, educational displays and cultural stage shows.
"The event is a great opportunity for companies and organisations that have Muslims of all ages as one of their target groups to present themself in many different ways," organisers say.
There are about 40,000 Muslims in New Zealand, the majority of them living in Auckland.
One of the best known Muslims in New Zealand is particularly familiar with Eden Park - All Black Sonny Bill Williams.
VIDEO: Check out the events of last year's Eid Day
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