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Eid festival aims to bring peace and love of neighbor in times of tension | News

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In the face of life-changing events that have weighed on the world, such as the pandemic and wars, the Palo Alto Eid Festival seeks to remember that happiness and love can be achieved if people make the effort to unite.

Wardah Chowdhry applies a henna tattoo to Karisa Galindo. Embarcadero Media file photo by Veronica Weber.

The annual event commemorates the Muslim celebration of spreading happiness and peace and is open to everyone. This year’s festival will be held on Sunday, May 22 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. It includes a free Pakistani boxed meal, desserts from around the world, a cultural experience with ethnic dresses, henna tattoos, spiritual chanting, a photo booth and more. There will also be an interfaith panel where speakers will discuss various religious holidays.

The event is sponsored by the American Muslim Voice Foundation with support from a mini-grant from the Santa Clara County Division of Equity and Social Justice and the City of Know Your Neighbors Grants Program. Palo Alto. The festival hosts are First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto and Evergreen Park resident Samina Sundas.

In line with COVID-19 safety protocols, Sundas said the boxed Pakistani gourmet dinner will be provided at the start of the festival. Vegetarian options are available. Appetizers will be served outside at 5 p.m. Masks are mandatory inside at all times.

“All religions encourage their followers to love their neighbors. To love our neighbors, we must know our neighbors,” Sundas said. She led the American Muslim Voice Foundation and local movement to bring all faiths and people together through interactions after her direct experiences of anger and prejudice against her religion after 9/11.