The AUSPAK Women Association (APWA) organized a delightful Chand Raat/Eid Festival in Granville Sydney on April 20, 2023, which drew families from various communities to revel in the festivities. APWA left no stone unturned in ensuring that the community received the best experience that simulated being in Pakistan.
President Shafaq Jaffery and her team of dedicated ladies were highly praised for organizing a wonderful and fantastic free event for the public. The festival had something for everyone, from Pakistani clothing, jewelry, and henna stalls for Eid shopping to a delicious iftar and dinner menu with options like biryani, Kashmiri tea, seekh kebab, tandoori chicken, and naan, served by Chaska 2 Bites and Himalayas.
The outdoor area was a carnival with multiple games for kids, fairy floss, churros, popcorn, icy kulfi, and a jumping castle. Oasis added to the flavor of Eid preparations by offering free tea and cake to attendees as a token of love.
The magic show was a huge hit with kids. The entertainment began with dignitaries such as CG Muhammed Ashraf, Councillor Cumberland Steve Christou, Hon Linda Voltz MP, Marjorie O’Neil, Karishma Kalender, Cumberland Mayor Lisa Lake, Dianne Coleman, Councillor Cumberland, Councillor Sabeen Farooqi, Community leader Durga Owen, Mr. Hasan Khatri from Dept of Home Affairs, Trustee Mr. Shahid Iqbal, who spoke and congratulated APWA for bringing the community together to celebrate the rich diversity and identity of Pakistanis during the holy month of Ramadan.
The Lucky draw raffle distributed amazing prizes, thanks to the wonderful sponsors. The Qawwali performance and foot-tapping songs by a wonderful couple of singers concluded the entertainment. Attendees were elated with the well-organized event that brought smiles and joy to both adults and children. APWA once again succeeded in bringing people together.