MSUToday
Published: Oct. 3, 2016

Culinary Services and MSU Muslim Students’ Association co-host dinner

Contact(s): Leah Ball Culinary Services office: 517-884-6403 leahball@rhs.msu.edu

The Muslim Students’ Organization and Michigan State University Culinary Services co-hosted a dinner on Sept. 14 at The Vista at Shaw Hall in honor of Eid ul Adha, the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year.   

“International students cannot go home often, especially to celebrate Eid ul Adha with their families; co-hosting a dinner with Eat at State helped us bridge the gap between Muslim students and help them feel right at home,” said Yousra Hamidou, a freshman human biology major. “It was also very exciting to see people of other faiths come out and genuinely take interest in the Muslim culture."   

Eid ul Adha lasts for up to three days. It is a time for prayer, sharing meals, handing out gifts and wishing one another well. The underlying importance of this celebration is the spirit of sacrifice in memory of Abraham's great act of faith many centuries ago.

“It’s important that we create spaces on our campus for people to come together and have a sense of community,” said Guy Procopio, director of Culinary Services at MSU. “Offering our dining halls for events like this helps unite the students, as well as the faculty and staff, so they feel comfortable sharing their traditions and culture with each other and the MSU community.”