Ali Ahmad says it was nice to hug someone who was not his immediate family.
Ahmad, a member of the Pakistan Cultural Association of Canada in Saskatoon, gathered with his community on Tuesday to celebrate Eid al-Adha, one of the biggest events of the Muslim year.
It was the first celebration of Eid al-Adha since the end of COVID-19 restrictions.
“It was like celebrating it with the spirit that Muslims usually celebrate,” Ahmbed said. Saskatoon morning host Leisha Grebinski.
“It was really nice to get in touch with a few people.”
The festival celebrates the story of Abraham, who God commanded to sacrifice his son to be spared at the last minute. Holidays normally feature large communal meals at a large gathering.
In most years, the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan has rented Prairieland Park and traditionally welcomes crowds of around 10,000.
“This will be an opportunity for people, for the first time in a long time, to come together and experience a meaningful celebration,” said Daniel Kuhlen, co-chair of the Islamic Association’s Media, Communications and Outreach Committee. Saskatchewan.
“Not only with their immediate family members, but also with the loved ones they have in the community, their friends and colleagues, and an opportunity to truly come together.”
Food is a big part of the event, with big parties for the huge community. Kuhlen said that there are 60 different nationalities involved in the Islamic Association, and the Eid al-Adha buffets are very impressive.
âIt really is an amazing dining experience because there is so much love and care going into it,â he said.
“Everyone is doing this in recognition of a much larger and much higher purpose.”
The association said it recommended caution to anyone who attended the event, as COVID-19 is still in the community. He said he encourages all of its members to get vaccinated and act responsibly.