1 – APRIL
Big Druze Weekend
By Denice Daou
Denice Daou was born in Adelaide, South Australia. Her grandfather migrated to South Australia in the late 1800’s. Denice has raised 2 children on her own, while also working full time and studying part time. Denice holds a BA (Communication Studies) and two post-graduate degrees, including a recently com- pleted Master of International Studies. As part of her studies, she undertook a thesis which investigated the maintenance of core cultural values and identity among the Druze community in South Australia. She has a strong spiritual connection with being Druze, and is very proud of her Druze heritage.
F rom 25-28 January 2008, over the Australia Day long weekend, Adelaide, South Australia hosted the BDW (Big Druze Weekend) 2008. This annual Druze convention brought together local, national & international delegates.
dinner was held at the entertainment provided.
Hyatt Regency Ballroom with live On Sunday BDW delegates were
treated to Australia’s
a luxury coach trip experiencing some of South beautiful scenic tourist destinations. It incorporated
the unique and famous South
mysterious Whispering Wall, some beautiful Australian wineries and a fabulous lunch.
Adelaide’s BDW 2008 was highly successful, full of
activities, knowledge, networking and stacks of fun!
weekend commenced with a welcome reception with some fun ice-breaking activities which included line dancing lessons and demonstrations. Along with Brazilian dancing lessons and
demonstrations, followed by Arabic dancing. smorgasbord supper was provided by the Druze
On Saturday there were a number of workshops, many which focused essentially on the Druze faith, with speakers including Dr Adnan Kasamani. I also made a presentation which
gave an insight into addressing a social was the first state in
the history of the Druze in South Australia,
and cultural perspective.
and it still maintains
the highest number of presentation included
Sunday evening delegates were able to glamour themselves up and party at a glorious roof-top Cocktail Party overlooking Adelaide’s East End.
On Monday morning a final faith forum was presented, followed by an Australia Day Community barbeque and picnic. This was an opportunity for all Druze members, young and old, to spend time together in a relaxed informal atmosphere. The event was fantastic, well organised, great weather, great location, with warm & welcoming South Australian Druze.
information on early Druze migrants and why they migrated to South Australia, settlement and work of early Druze settlers, and the establishment of infrastructure such as the Druze Association, the Druze Hall (the first built outside the middle- east), and the Druze cemeteries. I also presented a sample of high profile Druze members, past and present, and highlighted the contribution of these Druze members in supporting the
community in which they live. This is people hold, adapting to the community
trait in which Druze which they live. No
matter which country Druze identity.
Many thanks and congratulations to the Australian Druze Community of South Australia, the Australian Druze Ladies Auxiliary and the Young Druze Professionals of South Australia for their outstanding organisation and to the many members of the Druze community for supporting such a fabulous event.
Back to the BDW. On the Saturday evening a formal gala
Next year s BDW 2009 will be hosted in Melbourne, Australia.
AL FAJER - THE DAWN - DRUZE INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE