Local residents celebrated Pakistan’s 74th Independence day on August 14th at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

The free family-friendly event began at 6:00 p.m. with the symbolic Canadian and Pakistani flag-hoisting ceremony and included both national anthems. Covid-19 safety protocols were in place and all participants were asked to practice physical distancing and wear a face mask or covering.

Politicians and various community leaders from across the GTA attended the highly anticipated celebration. The event was organized by Ali Health Education Foundation (AHEF) and sponsored by Minmaxx Realty Inc. “It is an honor to be a part of this incredible event that enables the community to celebrate our diversity,” said Dr. Rabiya Azim, AHEF Chairperson. “Although the celebration will look a little different this year, I’m still proud to see how Milton continues to be a shining example of multiculturalism.”

Since 2016 AHEF has organized the annual Azadi Festival in August which was a full day family event with a variety of food vendors, multi-ethnic displays, activities for children, and a concert featuring international recording artists. “The safety of our community always comes first, so we have scaled back the event as a precaution,” said Dr. Azim. “We hope to bring this exciting festival back to Milton when it’s safe to do so.”

“Every year our community has the unique opportunity to participate in this important cultural event and Minmaxx is pleased to be a part of it again,” said Azim Rizvee, CEO of Minmaxx Realty. “I’m grateful that we can still bring the community together in a safe manner while celebrating this great occasion.”

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