...Along with thousands from the Muslim community, Al-Shurafa awaits the `eid prayers and celebrations planned next August 8 at the Kitchener Auditorium.
She will join her family and friends at the celebration of `Eid, the first time a mass event will be held at the Aud to mark the end of Ramadan.
"It's just like Christmas," said the mother of three.
The Muslim Association of Canada holds a mass `Eid festival at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto each year.
This is the first time an `Eid festival of this scale will be held in Kitchener.
The Waterloo-Wellington `Eid Festivals is also planning another `Eid celebration in October at the Aud, marking `Eid al-Adha.
The Eid festival will feature carnival and pony rides and basketball and soccer games outside.
A bazaar featuring vendors selling clothing, books and toys will be located inside.
`Eid Al-Fitr is one the two main Islamic religious festivals along with `Eid Al-Adha.
After special prayers to mark the day, festivities and merriment start with visits to the homes of friends and relatives.
And while traditionally everyone wears new clothes for `Eid, children look forward to gifts and traditional `ediya (cash).
During `Eid days, families and friends exchange visits to express well wishes and children, wearing new clothes bought especially for `Eid, enjoy going out in parks and open fields.
`Eid for All
Helping all Muslims to celebrate `Eid, the leading Muslim Association of Canada hopes to sponsor needy Muslim families during the festival...A worthy cause, for sure. Too bad the leading MAC happens to be the Muslim Brotherhood in Canada--so who knows what other "worthy causes" it could be supporting.