A time to celebrate Eid safely, Bayside mayor says

A time to celebrate Eid safely, Bayside mayor says

Bayside Council mayor Joe Awada has echoed NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian's request for people observing Eid al-Adha celebrations to pray at home with members of their household during lockdown.

One of Islam's two main festivals, Eid al-Adha is also known as 'Festival of the Sacrifice' and is a day of prayer, family gatherings, feasts and the exchanging of presents.

This year, Eid al-Adha is celebrated on the evening of Monday, July 19, and ends on the evening of Friday, July 23.

But for the second year running, the pandemic has affected the celebrations.

"In this time of lockdown, although we cannot celebrate like we usually do, there are still ways to celebrate safely," Councillor Awada said.

"Hold a virtual get-together with family and friends, home bake some traditional sweets, and pray at home with members of your household," he said.

"From myself, my family and fellow Councillors, I wish you all Eid Mubarak."