Offering personal sacrifices to make a significant difference in the lives of many is at the heart of a massive celebration of faith taking place in the city.

On Friday, an estimated 12,000 Muslims are expected at Exhibition Place to celebrate Eid Al-Adha, which commemorates the end of hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

“These celebrations are intended to be enjoyed as a community, families coming together,” said Ahmad Attia, event co-ordinator for the Eid Festival.

In September, a similar event to commemorate the end of Ramadan attracted more than 14,000 people, he said.

Attia said one goal was to make Friday’s event accessible, so admission is free. The day will begin with prayers and speeches and will finish with a carnival and bazaar. Tickets to the bazaar are $10, or $5 for young children, he said. Attendees are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Daily Bread Food bank to distribute to families in need across the GTA. Among those planning to bring food is Rayah Mian, 12.

“Most people don’t understand that they have more than other people,” said the Grade 8 student. Mian intended to gather a collection of food from her parents’ pantry and a local store.

“People take advantage of what they have. It would be nice if they gave back to the poor.”

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