MPs make the party rounds before break week: Diplomatic parties, Nov. 2

Each MP in attendance lit one candle on the two lamps on stage, including Immigration Minister John McCallum, at the Parliament Hill Diwali celebration on Oct. 27. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Conservative MP James Bezan lights the Diwali lamp. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Turkish Ambassador Selçuk Unal, Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi, and Mr. McCallum. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Conservative MP and host Deepak Obhrai with Mr. Unal. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Mr. Obhrai led in a line of MPs to the beat of a drum, as they approached the stage for the lighting of the lamp ceremony. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

The event's entertainment, hosted at the Sir John A. Macdonald building, featured three dance presentations. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Dwight Ball, premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, was a special guest at a lunchtime event for Turkey's national day, hosted at the Turkish official residence on Oct. 27. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Malaysian High Commissioner Aminahtun Karim Shaharudin, with Mr. Unal, and his spouse, Lerzan Kayihan Unal. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Aga Khan Development Network Representative Mahmoud Eboo, with his spouse, Karima, and Ambassador of Chad Mahamat Ali Adoum. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Former Conservative staffer Herb Davis, with Turkish first counsellor Yusuf Turan Çetiner, and Mr. Ball, at the Turkish celebration. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Arno Riedel, ambassador of Austria, with his wife, Loretta Loria, at their national day celebration with guests Wannipa Isarabhakdi, and her husband Vijavat Isarabhakdi, Thai ambassador, at the Oct. 26 event.

Mr. Riedel, Ms. Loria, with Slovak Ambassador Andrej Droba, and Italian Ambassador Gian Lorenzo Cornado, at the Austrian residence. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Moldovan Ambassador Ala Beleavschi, with Ambassador of Kazakhstan Konstantin Zhigalov, and Mr. Cornado. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Deputy Minister of International Development Peter Boehm, Norwegian Ambassador Anne Kari Hansen Ovind, Swedish Ambassador Per Sjögren, and Danish Ambassador Niels Boel Abrahamsen. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

The Association of Progressive Muslims of Canada held an Eid dinner on the Hill, hosting guests including Turkish Ambassador Selçuk Unal, his spouse Lerzan Kayihan Unal, House Speaker Geoff Regan, and APMC president Mobeen Khaja. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, Eleonore Wnendt-Juber, and her spouse, German Ambassador Werner Wnendt, also attended the event hosted last month. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Mr. Khaja with Mr. Mulcair at the Eid al-Adha dinner Sept. 20 at the Sir John A. Macdonald building. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Wannipa Isarabhakdi, spouse of the Thai ambassador, with Gabriela Carazo Barrantes, spouse of Costa Rica's ambassador, and Adriana Arza de Arriola, spouse to the Paraguayan ambassador, at the Orleans United Church Sept. 13 for welcome tea hosted by the International Women's Club of Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Chiraz Essid, spouse of the Tunisian ambassador, with Isabella Abols of the IWCO's executive committee. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia