Eid Milan in Rancho Cordova
A Pakistan Link Report

Pictures above: Glimpses of the picnic

The local Pakistani Business and Pakistani-American Associations jointly held a large Eid Milan gathering at the Hagan Community Park in Rancho Cordova, California on Sunday, October 21. At this bring-one-dish all-day event, amidst kids games, quiz, food eating competitions (it was shortly after Ramadan after all), several area boys and girls won prizes for their mental and physical abilities.
Pakistan Link took the opportunity to participate in this event too. We talked to Nadim (Khalifa), one of the organizers, who shared with us the concern for rain and last minute cancellation plans in case that it did decide to pour. But the weather turned out to be perfect for this colorful Eid festival as Sohail Shehzad and Naeem Syed amongst others conducted the kids activities to everyone’s delight.
The Pakistani-American community in the San Joaquin Valley/Sacramento numbers in thousands. According to the organizers, this event will be bigger and better next year, because the response from community kids was nothing short of spectacular. It was great to see the proud parents looking on as our well-behaved next generation makes its mark on the local scene. Who knows how many doctors, lawyers and engineers along with teachers and journalists and not to forget successful business owners will emerge from this group in future.
Let us collectively focus on our kids and encourage such kids-related activity so that they remember to carry on this tradition in future.
We are glad that our people could enjoy days such as this one, celebrating our rich and wonderful culture with our families. This Eid Picnic turned out to be a huge success due to the hard work of a few. There is a need to enlarge this group of volunteers. For those who would like to contribute to such events in future, please contact Sohail Shahzad at 916-821-4931.

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Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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