Within the face of life-changing occasions which have weighed down the world, such because the pandemic and wars, Palo Alto’s Eid Competition seeks to function a reminder that happiness and love may be attainable if individuals take the time to hitch collectively.
The annual occasion commemorates the Muslim celebration of spreading happiness and peace and is open to all. This yr’s competition might be held on Sunday, Could 22, from 5-7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. It features a boxed complimentary Pakistani meal, desserts from all over the world, a cultural expertise with ethnic attire, henna tattoos, non secular singing, a photograph sales space and extra. There can even be an interfaith panel the place audio system will focus on varied spiritual holidays.
The occasion is sponsored by American Muslim Voice Basis with help from a mini grant from Santa Clara County’s Division of Fairness and Social Justice Group Engagement and the town of Palo Alto’s Know Your Neighbors Grant Program. The competition’s hosts are First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto and Evergreen Park resident Samina Sundas.
In line with COVID-19 security protocols, Sundas stated that the boxed connoisseur Pakistani dinner might be offered upon departure from the competition. Vegetarian choices can be found. Appetizers might be served outdoor at 5 p.m. Masks are required indoors always.
“All faiths encourage their followers to like their neighbors. To like our neighbors, we should know our neighbors,” Sundas stated. She spearheaded the American Muslim Voice Basis and the native motion to convey all faiths and peoples collectively by interactions after her first-hand experiences with anger and prejudice towards her faith following 9/11.