Victoria: Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement in honour of Eid al-Adha:
“Today, we join Muslim communities in British Columbia and around the world to mark the end of the Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and celebrate Eid al-Adha.
“We have all given so much to see our families, friends and communities safely through the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past year and a half, Muslims found new ways to worship, celebrate and stay connected with family throughout the province.
“Millions of Muslims stayed closer to home again this year instead of making their pilgrimage to Mecca for the Hajj. At a local level, community leaders helped keep people safe and put the pandemic behind us by encouraging everyone to get vaccinated.
“Our collective efforts and sacrifices are paying off. We are now able to start seeing more people and doing more of the things we missed, including coming together to celebrate Eid al-Adha. After so many months apart, families and friends can safely gather for a meal, exchange gifts and give to those in need. It is a fitting and powerful reminder of the power of sacrifice and resilience in times of adversity.
“I extend my warm wishes to everyone celebrating Eid al-Adha and preparing for the Qurbani. May the values of compassion and generosity that are central to Eid al-Adha continue to guide us in the weeks and months to come. Eid Mubarak.”