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Mississauga Eid celebration attracts thousands

The largest Eid festival in Canada kicked off around noon on Sunday as nearly 12,000 people packed a Mississauga park to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

Eid al-Fitr, which means the festival of the breaking of the fast, follows the holy month of Ramadan that sees Muslims across the world fasting every day from dawn to sunset to work towards self-purity, self-control and self-discipline. 

The Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) hosted the 27th annual Eid al-Fitr carnival as well as a prayer-only event in downtown Toronto.

The carnival included a bazaar with over 40 vendors, a sports tournament, face-painting and other activities for children and a barbecue. The night will end with fireworks.

A shuttle is running between the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex and Olive Grove School, near the QEW and Erin Mills Parkway.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper sent his well wishes to the Muslim community in Canada in a statement on Sunday.

“Laureen and I extend warm Eid greetings to Muslims in Canada and around the world on this festive occasion,” he said.

“To all those marking this blessed occasion, we wish you a joyous and peaceful Eid al-Fitr.  Eid Mubarak.”