Eid celebrations in Winnipeg bring large-scale Muslim community together
Together in prayer, finally.
After 30 days of fasting, thousands of Muslims gathered Monday morning in the heart of downtown Winnipeg to observe Eid al-Fitr, an Islamic celebration marking the end of Ramadan.
Eid al-Fitr translates from Arabic as “festival of breaking the fast”.
The 2022 event at the RBC Convention Center drew approximately 10,500 people – a jump of 1,500 people from 2019, the last year the venue hosted the event before the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted performances. large-scale gatherings.
“It’s been a great year — it’s been amazing,” said Tasneem Vali, vice-president of the Islamic Association of Manitoba. “The community kind of grew during COVID.”
This Eid al-Fitr was very special for Vali. For the first time, she was joined in prayer by her brother and sister – among thousands of others observing their faith – at the local annual event. Vali’s siblings left New Zealand and Dubai, respectively, amid the pandemic.
“You celebrate as a family,” Vali said, adding that after the events of Eid al-Fitr, attendees will often go out for family meals or visit each other to end the day.
The Islamic Association of Manitoba held Eid al-Fitr prayers and celebrations every year at the convention center until the pandemic hit. While Winnipeg mosques resumed in-person worship once the province lifted capacity restrictions, Monday marked the community’s return to large-scale events.
Dozens of volunteers arrived at the RBC Convention Center at 2 a.m. Monday to prepare the space. Tasks included marking rows on the floors so worshipers could pray towards Mecca, setting up a photo booth and organizing gift bags for children.