Eid in Toronto Focused on Helping Families in Need

The Toronto Star – November 15, 2010

The Qurbani Project, an initiative of the Toronto chapter of the Muslim Association of Canada, aims to distribute 1,360 kg of meat to as many as 300 GTA families for Eid al-Adha — many of whom may not eat meat at all because they cannot afford it. Up to 30 volunteers from MAC and from multifaith and Muslim groups at U of T will help distribute halal beef and mutton through the Scadding Court community centre on the weekend. They will also help provide lunch for families receiving donations.
Meanwhile, thousands of Muslims will celebrate by attending the 25th annual Eid Festival Tuesday at Exhibition Place. Following a sermon and prayers at 10 a.m., the festivities will include a bazaar, rides, a petting zoo, shows, sports and meals throughout the day. It’s also an occasion for MAC to reach out to help not just Muslims, but everyone across the GTA, with a food drive and other programs.

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.