This past weekend, students at Bennington College happily celebrated Eid-ul-Adha, a Muslim event celebrated around the world centered on family, community and feasting. A bunch of us were invited to a special congregational Eid prayer service at Williams College where we were delighted to meet other Muslim students from around the world. Chaplain Bilal Ansari, who heads the Williams Muslim Students Association and organizes various faith-based programs there, also invited us to an Eid feast at his house. Finally, we rounded off the celebrations with a Pakistani-food themed Eid brunch back in Bennington!

We dressed up in fancy traditional clothing (we’re talking kurta pajama, Moroccan shoes, lensi) and feasted on some amazing food (including haleem and masala chai and parathas). We also had a great interaction with the diverse Muslim community at Williams College, which we’re hoping to sustain beyond this event by working on creating opportunities for collaborative work in the future. Happy Eid everyone!

-Maliha ’14 (with help from Chernoh ’15)

NB: These pictures are from right after the prayer service. What about the feast and brunch pictures, you ask? Well, we don’t have them since Chernoh diligently captured and then proceeded to lose all the pictures from the feast and brunch events.

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