That’s right – it’s a Calgary Ismaili Muslim community tradition that happened last night. Calgary Stampede volunteers and employees came out to help celebrate the 19th Calgary Ismaili Muslim community pancake breakfast.

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Many Calgarians look forward to attending this annual pancake breakfast because while it’s a traditional pancake breakfast, there is also a midway, family friendly events and live music. It’s also a great way of breaking the fast during the holy month of Ramadan. This year, the 19th Ismaili Muslim Community breakfast (second annual Break the Fast), is raising funds for Calgary Reads.

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Pictured: Harry the Horse helpfully showing Break the Fast attendees how to successfully win on the mini midway. It’s all the writs! 

 

Pictured: Steacy Collyer executive director Calgary Reads, Bill Gray, president & chairman of the Calgary Stampede board of directors, Honourable Irfan Sabir, Minister of Human Services, and his worship, Mayor Naheed Nenshi
Pictured: Steacy Collyer executive director Calgary Reads, Bill Gray, president & chairman of the Calgary Stampede board of directors, Honourable Irfan Sabir, Minister of Human Services, and his worship, and his worship, Mayor Naheed Nenshi

Tonight is a beautiful example of how the blending food flavours, music, knowledge and families can result in amazing new traditions. The sunset pancake breakfast marries the traditions of the breaking of the Ramadan fast with Calgary Stampede pancakes. Bringing us together in celebration and community spirit.

Ted Haney, Calgary Stampede board of director, his Worship, Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Calgary Stampede Community Projects & Development committee
Pictured: Ted Haney, Calgary Stampede board of director, his Worship, Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Calgary Stampede Community Projects & Development committee. 

Break the Fast is an amazing event that incorporates the Stampede’s values of western hospitality, integrity, pride of place and commitment to the community with the Calgary Ismaili Muslim community’s values of compassion, generosity and respect for others.

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Right at 9:53 p.m. (sunset) a traditional pancake breakfast, with a side of scrambled eggs and lentils, was served. Attendees were also able to jam to a live band and play midway style games to win prizes such as cowboy hats, Stampede 2015 posters, pins and much, much more!

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After the festivities, we were invited to tour the centre and view the glorious Ismaili Muslim community float from this year’s Parade. The photo above is a snap shot of some of the float crew that put together this year’s award winning entry.

Hungry Break the Fast attendees waiting in line for the famous #sunsetbreakfast foods
Hungry Break the Fast attendees waiting in line for the famous #sunsetbreakfast foods: Stampede pancakes, eggs and a side of bharazi (an East African side made from pidgeon peas and coconut milk).

It was a fantastic night and another successful Break the Fast pancake breakfast!