Muslim Student Association and South Asian Society team up for Eid Dinner

Isabella Prosper, a junior chemistry main, will get henna achieved on her hand. Henna is a plant-based dye historically used
in celebrations in South Asian international locations. (Peyton McKenzie)

Multicolored flower garlands hung overhead, lanterns laid at the tables and tune stuffed the air within the piazza because the Muslim Pupil Affiliation and the South Asian Society got here in combination to host their annual Eid Dinner and Henna Evening on Saturday, Nov. 6.

The 2 golf equipment held a scaled-back Eid Evening in 2020 with take-home henna and different actions, however the match this 12 months is a go back to years previous. The golf equipment served trays of meals like naan, samosas and rooster and had lengthy traces for 2 henna artists.

Henna, also referred to as mehndi, is a plant-based, brief dye that can be utilized at the hair and pores and skin and has been used for over 5,000 years within the Center East and South Asia. Whilst it was once to start with used medicinally, it has transform an artwork shape this is used throughout celebrations, specifically weddings.

The evening was once whole with a aggressive minutiae contest about Eid and henna with prizes for the highest 3 winners.

Eid is a Muslim vacation, however operating with the SAS brings extra other folks to the development, to not point out that thousands and thousands of Muslims are living in South Asian international locations. There are over two billion Muslims in the world, with over 40% of all Muslims dwelling in Indonesia, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

“Numerous other folks in our golf equipment have the similar background,” stated Kripa Patel, a junior well being science research main and president of the SAS. “It’s great for us all to get in combination and hang around.”

There are two other celebrations of Eid in Islam: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Fitr celebrates the tip of Ramadan whilst Eid al-Adha is a commemoration of the near-sacrifice of Abraham’s son, Ishmael, to God. They’re two of an important vacations in Islam and date again to the time of Muhammad.

Even though the 2 vacations happened in Might and July in 2021, Abdullah Farid, a junior biology main and president of the MSA, sought after to proportion a “gorgeous, gorgeous tradition and time with family and friends” with the Quinnipiac College group.

Jacqui Vanchot, a senior interdisciplinary research main, stated that occasions just like the Eid Dinner carry alternatives to participate in several cultures that aren’t at all times out there at Quinnipiac.

“I don’t suppose that Quinnipiac does sufficient multicultural occasions,” Vanchot stated. “It’s great that (the SAS and MSA) are doing an match that everybody can come to. It’s like a type of birthday celebration.”

Whilst Eid is a non secular vacation, individuals from the golf equipment inspire individuals who don’t seem to be Muslim to come back find out about other cultures thru those occasions.

“Don’t be hesitant to come back out as a result of any multicultural org would really like to have you ever,” Patel stated. “We host occasions to show, to unfold our tradition and to revel in ourselves and to provide you with an relaxing revel in, so please pop out. Don’t be hesitant. We’re a loving group out right here.”