The amazing diversity of people and views at C of I never ceases to amaze me. For example, tonight I went to an event put on by the Arabic-Hebrew Club celebrating three holidays: Hanukkah, Eid Al-Mawlid An-Nawbi, and Christmas. These are, respectively, Jewish, Muslim, and Christian holidays that are all celebrated in December this year.
The Arabic-Hebrew club put on a celebration in Blatchley, and about 30 professors, students and other guests attended. Representatives for each religion explained the history behind their holiday, and we recited a traditional prayer, poem or song for each. Then we had an explanation of a traditional holiday food, and got to try something from each one – Sufganiyah for Hanukkah, Baklava for Eid Al-Mawlid An-Nawbi and an Italian Christmas cake for Christmas. Of course, they were all delicious.
It was a great experience, to get to learn about the different religions and how they celebrate different holidays, and a great way to see the traditions of different students and professors on our campus. As one of the professors put it, it was an evening for becoming cultured, but also for having fun!
Caitlin Fellows is a senior international political economy major from Salt Lake City, Utah.