Traditions stay strong on Eid-ul-Fitr

When Haroon Khan brought his mother and three younger siblings toToronto from Pakistan in 1976, most of his friends were bachelors likehim.

When Haroon Khan brought his mother and three younger siblings to Toronto from Pakistan in 1976, most of his friends were bachelors like him.

So every year his mother, Zafar Sultan, cooked up a storm to host 30 or 40 of their young friends for Eid-ul-Fitr, the celebration that marks the end of Ramadan, Islam’s holy month of fasting.

The tradition continued even after Khan and his friends married, and after his mother died, to the point where Khan, a real estate agent and well-known community volunteer, hosts an open house that draws 450 people to his two-storey Mississauga home every year.

It’s now in its 33rd year.

“This has to be the best Eid celebration in Mississauga, perhaps in Toronto,” said Bonnie Crombie, the local member of Parliament, as she stood amongst a crush in Khan’s foyer.

 
 
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