Eid al-Adha festival draws 12,000 in Toronto

An estimated 12,000 Muslims are expected at Exhibition Place to celebrate Eid al-Adha, which commemorates the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. “These celebrations are intended to be enjoyed as a community, families coming together,” said Ahmad Attia, event coordinator for the Eid Festival.

In September a similar event to commemorate the end of Ramadan attracted more than 14,000 people, he said.

Attia said a main goal was to make Friday’s event accessible, so admission is free. The day will begin with prayers and speeches and will finish with a carnival and bazaar.