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As the holy month of Ramadan comes to a close, history has been made on the streets of Lakemba.
Thousands of people from the Muslim community gathered on Lakemba’s Haldon Street overnight to join in Tarawih (prayers) and publicly share their faith.
Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour said not only was this a first for our City, but for the entire country, bringing together Muslims and non-Muslims to embrace the true meaning of Ramadan.
“It was a beautiful show of faith and an incredible display of what Ramadan is all about,” Mayor Asfour said.
Record-breaking numbers of people from across Australia have flocked to Lakemba throughout the holy month to experience the rich food, culture and traditions on offer at Ramadan Nights.
More than 1.3 million visitors have joined in the celebrations to break their fast and experience the foods on offer, surpassing last year’s record attendance of 1.2 million people.
Mayor Asfour said he is thrilled to see so many people come with a positive attitude and embrace Ramadan Nights.
“We’ve seen people travel from across the state, and even across the country to join in on the cultural celebration and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.”
Yassir Halli from Melbourne said he had to pop into Ramadan Nights while on his Sydney stay to “see what all the hype is about”.
“It really lives up to its hype!” Halli said.
“10/10 the best knafeh I’ve ever had! I’ll definitely be coming back and bringing my family along.”
A Wiley Park local, Aladdin Sammak is a regular festival goer and is pleased to see so many different people come together and experience his culture.
“This shows the true side of the hospitality and what Ramadan is all about,” Sammak said.
“It’s about bringing people together, bringing families closer together and enjoying each other’s company.”
While Taylor Ryan from Rosebery was keen to get out of her inner-City bubble.
“How many different people are here and the diversity of it is really cool to see,” Ryan said.
“It’s a nice reminder that there are so many other parts of Sydney that exist.”
Tonight is the final night to enjoy all that Ramadan Nights Lakemba has to offer. The cultural celebration has transformed Haldon Street into a global food bazaar every evening throughout the month of Ramadan. For more details, visit cb.city/RamadanNights
26/04/2023 1:35 PM