Australian Muslims Observe Eid Al-Fitr Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic

Eid al-Fitr follows weeks of fasting and marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. I spent some time with the Abbas family in Melbourne as they broke fast and conducted their evening Taraweeh prayers.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 22: Father of three Afrizal (left) of the Abbas family leads Taraweeh prayers with his family on May 22, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Muslim communities across Australia are finding ways to celebrate Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan, in smaller groups due to restrictions on gathering sizes due to COVID-19. Many mosques remain closed with some providing limited access and streaming prayer services. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

Due to Covid-19 and the restrictions on large gatherings, Ramadan this year meant prayers wouldn’t take place in Mosques and breaking of fast couldn’t be conducted in large groups. Eid al-Fitr celebrations to would be confined within family homes.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 22: The Abbas family break fast during Ramadan on May 22, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Muslim communities across Australia are finding ways to celebrate Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan, in smaller groups due to restrictions on gathering sizes due to COVID-19. Many mosques remain closed with some providing limited access and streaming prayer services. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

Mother of three Dewi Andrina felt Ramadan this year felt more special and harmonious within the confines of their family home and allowed their family to be closer to their faith as a result allowing for more time to be dedicated to the teachings of their faith as a family. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 22: Dewi Andrina (left) Afrizal (centre) and their daughter Indy Abbas read the Quran following prayers on May 22, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Muslim communities across Australia are finding ways to celebrate Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan, in smaller groups due to restrictions on gathering sizes due to COVID-19. Many mosques remain closed with some providing limited access and streaming prayer services. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 22: Afrizal reads the Quran following prayers on May 22, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Muslim communities across Australia are finding ways to celebrate Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan, in smaller groups due to restrictions on gathering sizes due to COVID-19. Many mosques remain closed with some providing limited access and streaming prayer services. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

To those celebrating, Eid-Mubarak to you and your families. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 22: The Abbas family sit around a laptop where they watch short videos on teachings from the Quran on May 22, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Dewi Andrina the mother of the family encourages her daughters to sit together at the end of prayers during Ramadan to watch videos on elements of the Quran as part of an informal Islamic studies class during Ramadan. Muslim communities across Australia are finding ways to celebrate Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan, in smaller groups due to restrictions on gathering sizes due to COVID-19. Many mosques remain closed with some providing limited access and streaming prayer services. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 22: The daughters of the Abbas family pay their respects to their parents following prayers on May 22, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Muslim communities across Australia are finding ways to celebrate Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan, in smaller groups due to restrictions on gathering sizes due to COVID-19. Many mosques remain closed with some providing limited access and streaming prayer services. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

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Asanka Brendon Ratnayake is a photojournalist and travel photographer based in Melbourne Australia covering Australia, Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Follow him on instagram 

2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

While on assignment in Sydney covering a Cricket World Cup match, I had the chance to shoot the famous Mardi-Gras. An error of judgement on my part meant I missed the chance to get into my media bay on time. I ran the risk of being run over by the float aptly named ‘Dykes on Bikes’ so chose to photograph amongst the punters. With people towering over one another to get a brief glimpse i had no chance of getting any viewing let alone footage. Consequently I missed the chance to shoot the actual parade which was a shame. However, I did get the chance to shoot some of the pre-parade preparations in the marshalling area. I found shooting here far more interesting as it allowed for more candid shots as participants got ‘glittered up’ before the big parade.

A few of my selects below.

2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
Participants have a chat before the start of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is amongst the worlds most spectacular celebrations of LGBTQ pride and diversity. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
A group of topless men covered in glitter get ready before the start of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is amongst the worlds most spectacular celebrations of LGBTQ pride and diversity. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
A participant dressed in drag orders something to eat from a food truck during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is amongst the worlds most spectacular celebrations of LGBTQ pride and diversity. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
A group of men in golden G-strings before the start of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is amongst the worlds most spectacular celebrations of LGBTQ pride and diversity. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

A group of men drapped in shiny gold & silver outfits during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is amongst the worlds most spectacular celebrations of LGBTQ pride and diversity.  Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake
A group of men drapped in shiny gold & silver outfits during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is amongst the worlds most spectacular celebrations of LGBTQ pride and diversity. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
A man takes a photo of a group of friends dressed in Leather chaps during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
Spectators using a Selfie stick take a photo in front of a mime in a mask outside a Adult Shop during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
Silhouttes of spectators viewing hte parade from an apartment building on Oxford street during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade
Men in drag outside the famous gay bar/nightclub ‘The Colombian Hotel’ during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. . Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake