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#Eidlicious 2016

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#Eidlicious 2016

Shazlin Rahman

A belated Eid Mubarak, CivicMuslim fam!

It’s been two weeks since we held our annual Eid celebration---Eidlicious 2016---and we’re still feeling the warmth and laughter from that evening. This year, we returned to our favourite spot - Toront’s District Oven for their cozy atmosphere and phenomenal menu of middle eastern-inspired cuisine courtesy of Chef Isam Kaisi.

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Like previous years’ celebrations, every guest went home with a special souvenir courtesy of our signature Eid card exchange. Everyone penned down their thoughts and reflections on Ramadhan, as well as heartfelt Eid greetings. Later on in the evening while everyone was enjoying their desserts of pear gelato and walnut baklava, the cards were randomly distributed to each person. A few brave guests read from their cards and we got to hear how Ramadan brought people closer to the Creator and those around them; we also learned of people’s hopes and aspirations for next year’s Ramadan.

We were very happy to see some familiar facesa few guests said they had attended previous years’ Eid celebration and decided to come back for more. It was wonderful to see the room bustling with new and existing friends, all connecting and reconnecting over some delicious food and stimulating conversations.

This year’s Eid celebration was also an opportunity for us to recognize two dedicated volunteers. Fahmida Kamali recently joined the CM team and dove right into organizing our annual #GIVTAR dinner. We were able to contribute to the Give 30 campaign, which is nearing their $500,000 mark in fundraising dollars. We also bid a fond “See you later!” to Sabiha Kasmani, the lead for our communications team as she prepares to celebrate her upcoming nuptials. Sabiha has been paying the important role of ensuring our initiatives are reaching new and wider audiences through various marketing campaigns. Every CivicMuslim initiative is truly a team effort and we would be remiss if we didn’t pause to thank those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes.

By the numbers:

30 guests x 30 Eid cards x 257 viewers on our Facebook livefeed = another fun and memorable #Eidlicious