PMO – Celebrating ‘Eid’ on November 23 in Canada!

PMO – Canada celebrating Eid …

Public events for November 23, 2011

EID: Eid al-Adha is celebrated in Muslim communities throughout Canada around the 10th to the 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah (or Dhul Hijja). It is a time marked by special prayers and many Muslims gather for special prayer services. Many people also visit family and friends, exchange greetings and gifts, and make donations to the poor and needy. Eid al-Adha is also a time for forgiveness and compassion.

The Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) holds Eid festivals to celebrate Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. The Eid Festivals offer celebrations including a carnival of fun rides, shows, sport tournaments and various international cuisines. Thousands of people, including key leaders, often attend these events. Some politicians publicly announce their best wishes to those celebrating Eid al-Adha. Festivities can last for up to a few days.

Eid al-Adha follows from the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. This pilgrimage applies to Muslims worldwide, as they are required to perform the Hajj once in their lives. Some Muslims in Canada may travel to Mecca prior to Eid al-Adha to make this pilgrimage. Eid al-Adha is known as the Feast of Sacrifice because it traditionally includes the sacrifice of an animal permitted for food (eg. a lamb) as an act of thanksgiving for God’s mercy. Some of the food is donated for charitable purposes.

Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper for Wednesday, November 23rd is:

Ottawa, Ontario

7:00 p.m. – Prime Minister Stephen Harper will attend an event celebrating Eid. He will be joined by Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism and Senator Salma Ataullahjan.

Government Conference Centre
2 Rideau Street
Ottawa, ON



*Open to media


  • Media are required to present proper identification for accreditation.
  • Media are required to arrive no later than 6:30 p.m.

PMO Press Office: 613-957-5555
PMO Staff Onsite: Andrew MacDougall, Associate Director of Communications

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