“Celebrate Eid al-Adha with a hundred of your new friends!” read the Student Union Society’s invitation to UFV students. SUS hosted an Eid al-Adha celebration last Friday in the Great Hall of the Student Union Building.
Eid al-Adha is the most important feast of the Muslim calendar. Also called the “Festival of the Sacrifice,” it commemorates Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah, as well as the concepts of sacrifice and devotion for Muslims today. It is celebrated worldwide with a sacrifice of animals and a large feast.
VP external Thanh Ma opened the event by encouraging students to celebrate and have a good time, but to retain their professionalism so that SUS can hold more events like this in the future. The vibrant traditional clothing worn by many students added to the atmosphere of festivity. The Great Hall was decorated with large paper cut-outs of a mosque, a camel, trees on the walls, and a photo booth complete with props. Tables along the sides made space for a large dance floor where colourful lights danced around and added to the celebration. And of course, since this is a feast, authentic Middle Eastern food was served.