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EID CELEBRATIONS AT PARLIAMENT HILL, OTTAWA

EID CELEBRATIONS AT PARLIAMENT HILL WERE INITIATED BY MOBEEN KHAJA IN 1996  AND  ARE NOW A LANDMARK TRADITION FOR THE CANADIAN MUSLIM COMMUNITY.  THEY WERE HELD IN ROOM 200, WEST BLOCK, THE BIGGEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL BANQUET HALL IN PARLIAMENT HILL WITH ITS BEAUTIFUL CHANDELIERS, WALLS COVERED IN GOLD AND RED TAPESTRY, GOLD WOODWORK AND PAINTED CEILING.  AFTER THE ROOM WAS CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS, THESE CELEBRATIONS WERE HELD AT THE SHERATON HOTEL IN 2011, THE GOVERNMENT CONFERENCE CENTRE IN 2012 AND 2013, AND THE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES IN 2014.  AS OF 2016, THE CELEBRATIONS ARE BACK IN THE NEW ROOM 200 IN THE SIR JOHN MCDONALD BUILDING ON WELLINGTON STREET.

FORMER PRIME MINISTER, THE RIGHT HONOURABLE JEAN CHRETIEN ATTENDED IN MARCH 2000.  

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE PAUL MARTIN  ATTENDED TWICE AS PRIME MINISTER IN 2004 AND 2005..  HE HAS ATTENDED ALL THE CELEBRATIONS SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THESE EVENTS AS THE CHIEF GUEST AND MINISTER OF FINANCE UNTIL 2003.   

DAN MCTEAGUE, M.P., WAS THE MASTER OF CEREMONIES FROM THE START UNTIL 2010.  HE  WAS JOINED BY M.P., RAHIM JAFFER AND SENATOR MARCEL PRUD'HOMME  FROM TIME TO TIME DURING THESE YEARS.

THE ROOM WAS ALWAYS FULL TO CAPACITY WITH 300 PEOPLE.  FEDERAL MINISTERS, SENATORS, MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, AMBASSADORS FROM MORE THAN 25 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD, COMMUNITY LEADERS,  HEADS OF ORGANIZATIONS ATTENDED.   MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE CAME FROM TORONTO, KINGSTON  AND MONTREAL.  

KEVIN HANSEN, MANAGER SALES AND MARKETING, SAUDI ARABIAN AIRLINES, GENEROUSLY DONATED TWO BUSINESS CLASS AIRLINE TICKETS AS THE DOOR PRIZE FROM 2000 TILL 2006. 

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