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Eid al-Adha celebrations happening in Waterloo Region (8 photos)

Celebrations will continue to go on until Thursday

Muslims across Waterloo Region are celebrating a major religious holiday.

Eid al-Adha marks the end of the holy pilgrimage Muslims make to Mecca, according to the prophet Abraham.

When asking residents in Kitchener what Eid al-Adha meant to them, there were many different responses.

Political candidate for Kitchener-South Hespeler Wasai Rahimi, says that celebrating Eid for Muslims is similar to celebrating Christmas for Christians.

As hundreds of men and women gather to spend time together and exchange gifts.

"They wear their most luxury dresses, women especially wear makeup, and they visit their friends, their families, elders and especially if someone is sick they will try to visit." says Rahimi.

Resident Idris Admuyiwa says that Eid al-Adha is about recognizing a time of sacrifice.

"Eid is all about sacrifice, to have some form of high discipline." says Admuyiwa, "It's the epitome of good behaviour. Abraham was able to be obedient to God, Allah, and was willing to make a big sacrifice. So that's what we celebrate." 

Eid al-Adha is one of the two Eid's to take place during the year, the other one being Eid al-Fitr which is celebrated after Ramadan. 

One Eid event is taking place at the Kitchener Auditorium to celebrate the start of holiday, hosted by the Muslim Association of Canada.

The MAC-Eid event started at 8 a.m. with a prayer, followed by baked goods and activities like bouncy castles and carnival rides in the afternoon.

Civic Engagement leader for Waterloo's MAC chapter, Ghada Al-Shuarfa says that it was important to hold a public event as this may be the first time some residents are celebrating in Canada.

"A lot of the families here don't have any extended family members to celebrate with." says Al-Shuarfa, "We have a lot of friends, it's a well-knitted community, and as friends we are family to each other."

Eid al-Adha will continue to be celebrated over the next four days.

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