Waterloo region families celebrate Eid al-Adha

It was a day of music, food, family and fun as members of Kitchener-Waterloo’s Muslim communities gathered to celebrate Eid al-Adha.

'I want my girls to grow up knowing that Eid is for everyone,' said one parent.

Families in Waterloo region got together to celebrate Eid al-Adha at Kitchener's Family Centre this week. (Tayo Bero/ CBC)

It was a day of fun, food and face-painting, as members of Waterloo region's Muslim communities gathered at the Family Centre in Kitchener for a special Eid al-Adha celebration this week.

Hosted by Family and Children's Services of the Waterloo Region, the event was one of many Eid​​​​​​ celebrations in the region this week.

Lunch buffet at a community Eid celebration in Kitchener. Food is a major component of the festivities of the day for many Muslims. (Tayo Bero/ CBC )

The celebration was both a time to come together as a community, and a showcase of diverse talent, including a dance troupe and an African drum circle.

“I want my girls to grow up knowing that eid is for everyone,” said one parent at the event. (Tayo Bero/ CBC)
The day included an African drum circle performed by kids in the Family Centre's Afro Youth program. (Tayo Bero/ CBC)

"I want my girls to grow up knowing that Eid is for everyone. Everyone is welcome," said Faraz Shoukat who was celebrating with his family.

For many, Eid is a chance to get together and spend time with family, friends and community members. (Tayo Bero/ CBC)

Some of the region's newcomer families were celebrating Eid in Canada for the first time.

"[They've] started to build a sense of belonging to the community because they can be part of the celebrations and the events here," said Mary Saleh, coordinator of a community organization that teaches dance and art lessons to newcomer children in the region.

The day also featured a debut dance performance by a group of kids, most of whom are newcomers to Canada. (Tayo Bero/ CBC)

Eid al-Adha ends this evening.

Food, fun and face-painting were all on the agenda at the Eid celebrations in Kitchener's Family Centre this week. (Tayo Bero/ CBC )

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Tayo is a radio producer and writer with CBC. A self-proclaimed foodie, she is also passionate about equity, inclusion and making sure the people around her stay woke. Find her on Twitter at @tayobero