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Eid ul Adha

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Muslims around the world celebrated the annual festival of Eid ul Adha on August 11, 2019. Local Muslims came together at Holy Trinity High School for congregational prayers. The day’s festivities were rounded out with a family fun fair hosted by Markaz ul Islam, the Islamic Centre of Fort McMurray – at the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre.

Eid-ul-Adha, the second Islamic holiday is a three-day festival marking the end of the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca - the largest religious gathering on the planet. It is a beautiful reminder of determination from Prophet Abraham, who almost sacrificed his son, Ishmael. It is an account found in every major holy book from the Holy Quran to the Bible.

Women and children wear fancy outfits, and the former decorate their hands with henna tattoos for Eid. Friends and families gather for feasts often featuring meat dishes, and delectable entrees.


Kiran Malik-Khan is the Communications Manager for the Fort McMurray Public School District, and national award-winning communications professional. She is a freelance journalist, a communications professional, and a poet. She loves sharing stories about unique people, events, and organizations. Kiran is the co-founder and volunteer public relations director for NorthWord magazine, Fort McMurray's first and only literary magazine. She is also the President/Co-founder of World Hijab Day Fort McMurray. A proud Pakistani-Canadian who grew up in New Jersey, she is a fierce advocate of Fort McMurray, multiculturalism, women's rights, and equality for all. Got a story nobody is telling? Send her ideas: DM and follow on Twitter @KiranMK0822.