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The second annual New England Muslim Festival, featuring music, dance and food representing the global heritage of where the faith of founder Muhammed is practiced, will be held Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., at 195 Canal St.

Volunteer organizers of the cultural event, designed to "welcome one and all to learn about Islam and get to know it," say last year's festival attracted some 3,000 participants to this diverse suburban city, of 60,000 people, about five miles northwest of Boston.

"We were thrilled by the success of last year's festival, and we can't wait to welcome our community again this year," said Malika MacDonald, one of the organizers who has long been active in her community through Islamic Circle of North America Relief USA.


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