Photo Essay: The Jalebi Takes Centre Stage at Colourful Celebration of Eid ul-Fitr at Montreal’s Headquarters Jamatkhana

The Jalebi - Eid ul-Fitr celebrations in Montreal photos by Muslim Harji for Simerg
The Jalebi and sharing of joy at Montreal Headquarters Jamatkhana, Eid ul-Fitr, May 2, 2022. Photo: © Muslim Harji.

By MUSLIM HARJI
Special to Simergphotos

What a finale to the end of the month of Ramadan at Montreal’s Headquarters Jamatkhana, as the Jamat joyously gathered to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr on Monday, May 2, 2022.

While social distancing and the wearing of masks are still observed as precautionary measures inside the Jamatkhana, it seemed as if Covid-19 was behind us once Jamati members gathered in the social hall and helped themselves to a delicious meal after the Eid Namaz prayers. The brief lecture that was given in the Jamatkhana focused on the Jamats coming together, and this they certainly did with the crusty orange Jalebi taking centre stage.

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The Jalebi - Eid ul-Fitr celebrations in Montreal photos by Muslim Harji for Simerg
All eyes on the Jalebi as Jamati members partake in a meal served at Montreal’s Headquarters Jamatkhana on the auspicious occasion of Eid ul-Fitr, May 2, 2022. Photo: © Muslim Harji.Photo:
The Jalebi - Eid ul-Fitr celebrations in Montreal photos by Muslim Harji for Simerg
The Jalebi and sharing of joy at Montreal Headquarters Jamatkhana, Eid ul-Fitr, May 2, 2022. Photo: © Muslim Harji.

While the editor of this website, who is now in Calgary, had to happily contend with a small takeout container of jalebi, gathia and sambar, Montrealers, many with masks lowered under their chin, were treated to a delicious serving of sweet and spicy delicacies. I observed a deep feeling of love and unity in the Jamat, and the sharing of joy was very much in evidence after a lengthy period of social distancing and lock downs that kept us apart during the past two years.

Enjoy the following selection of my photos especially contributed to Simergphotos, and visit my flickr page to view many more photos.

The Jalebi and the Sharing of Joy in Montreal on the Auspicious Occasion of Eid ul-Fitr, May 2, 2022

The Jalebi - Eid ul-Fitr celebrations in Montreal photos by Muslim Harji for Simerg
The Montreal Headquarters Jamatkhana leadership, (l to r) Mukhisaheb, Mukhianisaheba, Kamadianisaheba and Kamadiasaheb, Eid ul-Fitr, May 2, 2022. Photo: © Muslim Harji.
The Jalebi - Eid ul-Fitr celebrations in Montreal photos by Muslim Harji for Simerg
Jamati members partake in a delicious meal served at Montreal’s Headquarters Jamatkhana on the auspicious occasion of Eid ul-Fitr, May 2, 2022. Photo: © Muslim Harji.
The Jalebi - Eid ul-Fitr celebrations in Montreal photos by Muslim Harji for Simerg
The joy of sharing a jalebi, Montreal Headquarters Jamatkhana, Eid ul-Fitr, May 2, 2022. Photo: © Muslim Harji.
The Jalebi - Eid ul-Fitr celebrations in Montreal photos by Muslim Harji for Simerg
A joyous exchange of Jalebis at Montreal’s Headquarters Jamatkhana on the auspicious occasion of Eid ul-Fitr, May 2, 2022. Photo: © Muslim Harji.
The Jalebi - Eid ul-Fitr celebrations in Montreal photos by Muslim Harji for Simerg
Eid ul-Fitr meal, with the Jalebis in the centre, laid out at Montreal’s Headquarters Jamatkhana, May 2, 2022. Photo: © Muslim Harji.
The Jalebi - Eid ul-Fitr celebrations in Montreal photos by Muslim Harji for Simerg
Jalebi from all sides, as members of the Jamat celebrate Eid ul-Fitr at Montreal’s Headquarters Jamatkhana, May 2, 2022. Photo: © Muslim Harji.
The Jalebi - Eid ul-Fitr celebrations in Montreal photos by Muslim Harji for Simerg
Wow! Beautiful ladies and beautiful gowns as members of the Jamat celebrate Eid ul-Fitr at Montreal’s Headquarters Jamatkhana, May 2, 2022. Photo: © Muslim Harji.
The Jalebi - Eid ul-Fitr celebrations in Montreal photos by Muslim Harji for Simerg
Jalebi and the sharing of joy, Montreal Headquarters Jamatkhana, Eid ul-Fitr, May 2, 2022. Photo: © Muslim Harji.
The Jalebi - Eid ul-Fitr celebrations in Montreal photos by Muslim Harji for Simerg
Rasooda dance at Montreal’s Headquarters Jamatkhana, Eid ul-Fitr, May 2, 2022. Photo: © Muslim Harji.
The Jalebi - Eid ul-Fitr celebrations in Montreal photos by Muslim Harji for Simerg
Jalebi and the sharing of joy, Montreal Headquarters Jamatkhana, Eid ul-Fitr, May 2, 2022. Photo: © Muslim Harji.
The Jalebi - Eid ul-Fitr celebrations in Montreal photos by Muslim Harji for Simerg
Jalebi and the sharing of joy, Montreal Headquarters Jamatkhana, Eid ul-Fitr, May 2, 2022. Photo: © Muslim Harji.
The Jalebi - Eid ul-Fitr celebrations in Montreal photos by Muslim Harji for Simerg
Joyful murids at Montreal’s Headquarters Jamatkhana, Eid ul-Fitr, May 2, 2022. Photo: © Muslim Harji.
The Jalebi - Eid ul-Fitr celebrations in Montreal photos by Muslim Harji for Simerg
Jalebi and the sharing of joy, Montreal Headquarters Jamatkhana, Eid ul-Fitr, May 2, 2022. Photo: © Muslim Harji.
The Jalebi - Eid ul-Fitr celebrations in Montreal photos by Muslim Harji for Simerg
Rasooda dance, Afghanistan style, and a show of henna or mehndi design (right) at Montreal’s Headquarters Jamatkhana, Eid ul-Fitr, May 2, 2022. Photo: © Muslim Harji.
The Jalebi - Eid ul-Fitr celebrations in Montreal photos by Muslim Harji for Simerg
The Jalebi joyously shared between Mukhianisaheba (left) and Kamdianisaheba of Montreal Headquarters Jamatkhana on the auspicious occasion of Eid ul-Fitr, May 2, 2022. Photo: © Muslim Harji.

Date posted: May 3, 2022.

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Muslim and Nevin Harji

Muslim Harji, pictured at left with his wife Nevin, has been acclaimed for his wonderful photo essays for this blog as well as its sister websites Simerg and Barakah. The couple has lived in Montreal for 40 years, where they raised two children and ran a successful business. Upon retiring in 2004, Muslim and Nevin started to explore the world. All told, together and individually, they have visited almost 50 countries around the globe, and plan to continue fostering their love for travelling the world, picking up from where they left when Covod-19 interrupted their travel plans.

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