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Thousands attend 2nd Annual New England Muslim Festival

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Second Annual New England Muslim Festival took place last weekend in the parking lot of Cambridge Health Alliance. Despite the hot weather, nearly 5,000 attendees celebrated the rich culture of the American Muslim community. Event organizers worked tirelessly to bring Muslims from other New England cities and towns together along with non-Muslims in an effort to educate all about what the culture is truly about.

Mayor Gary Christenson attended the family event along with elected and City officials. Attendees enjoyed traditional musical performances, dances, poetry and entertainment throughout the day. Vendors lined the perimeter of the space selling clothing, food, artwork and various items. A henna tent was one of the more popular stations where beautiful designs were painted on visitors’ hands and arms. A voter registration table was set up as well as several tables with physicians and medical assistants who discussed health and dental screenings. Malden was selected as the perfect place to hold the festival as it is one of the most diverse cities in New England.

Festival Performers Noor Ensemble with Mayor Christenson (center) and Brother Hamid Bourote, President of the Outreach Community & Reform Center (far right)

Thousands turned out for the Muslim Festival

Many vendors attended to sell their merchandise


Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson

Photos by City of Malden