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'New England Muslim Festival' to be held in Malden

Organizers hope the festival will offer locals a chance to try some new experiences and take in Islamic culture.

Boston-area Muslims will host their first “New England Muslim Festival” next Sunday in Malden, organizers announced Wednesday.

“In the midst of the election season rhetoric, the tragic attacks in New York and New Jersey seemingly perpetrated by someone from a Muslim background, and instability in the Middle East, Muslims in the United States and in particular in New England believe that their culture and image have been distorted by politicians and the terrorists who do not represent the faith of the millions of Muslims worldwide,” organizerMohammad Shadid said in a news release. "Traditional Muslim hospitality will greet our guests that day.”

The festival is expected to feature live dance and musical performances, as well as activities for children, organizers said.

Another major feature: a traditional “souk” marketplace with a variety of cultural items for sale, including food, arts and henna.

Organizers said they picked Malden because of its central location and high levels of diversity: nearly half the city’s residents are foreign-born.

“The city of Malden is proud of its diversity and is excited about the upcoming Muslim Festival,” Mayor Gary Christenson said. “We are looking forward to this family event and in sharing the rich Muslim culture, customs, traditions, and my favorite, food!”

The event will be held from 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday, at Malden City Hall plaza.

You can find out more information at the organizer’s website.

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