Luther College campus to celebrate Eid al Adha

Students and community learn about the Muslim festival together

Luther College students and community members of all religious backgrounds will gather to learn about Eid al Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in Peace Dining Room in Dahl Centennial Union. A brief program of reflections by students who grew up celebrating the festival will be followed by light refreshments and a time for conversation.

The event, sponsored by College Ministries, the Diversity Center, the Muslim Student Association and the Interfaith Student Association, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Eid al Adha is a Muslim festival that marks the end of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. "The festival celebrates Abraham's faithfulness and obedience to God. Abraham is an example of faith for Jews, Christians and Muslims throughout the world," said David Vasquez, Luther campus pastor.

The celebration is part of a series of "interfaith holiday celebrations" that allow students an opportunity to share parts of their own traditions. This semester, students also plan to celebrate Diwali and Kwanzaa.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of more than 2,400, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the bachelor of arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.