Ethnicity

Story and photos by Flora Pan

“We gather to make the food, we gather to prepare the presentation, and we gather to plan for our program today.”

People walked up to the London Muslim Mosque in clusters. Some stomped on the long carpet inside the doors to get the flurries of snow off their shoes.

Shortly after 11:30 a.m., the presentation started.

People continued to enter the gymnasium, keeping quiet to make their late entrance unheard.

The slideshow was projected onto the wall, while the music bounced off the gymnasium walls. The speakers crackled.

Amal Abubaker watched photos of Libyan architecture and historical sites move across the wall.

She put the presentation together with her community.

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A brunch attendee's plate of Libyan food.

Abubaker was one of the cooks for the Libyan brunch held at the mosque on Feb. 13, 2017.

She said the Libyan community was happy to share their culture at this brunch event with other Londoners.

Two lines formed at opposite corners of the gymnasium after the presentation.

The crowd was about to get a taste of a full-course Libyan meal made by members of the London Libyan community.

“We are going to serve the Libyan desserts, it’s the traditional meal,” says Abubaker.

Green tea with almonds was also on the menu.

The Libyan brunch was one of the monthly brunches organized by the social committee at the mosque.

Previous months featured countries such as Lebanon and Egypt.