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CSU-Pueblo celebrates Eid-al-Adha holiday on Friday, Sept. 25

Release Date: September 22, 2015

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo


Press Release

PUEBLO – For the third year, Colorado State University-Pueblo will celebrate the Eid-Ul-Adha holiday beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25 in the Occhiato University Ballroom.

Eid al-Adha is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah's (God's) command to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Muslims around the world observe this event. 

The CSU-Pueblo event, sponsored by the CSU-Pueblo International Students Association (CISA), will feature a South Asian and Middle Eastern Cultural Fashion Show, and a Middle Eastern feast will be served to the first 80 guests. Inaugural members of the newly formed CSU-Pueblo Asian Students’ Association will be on hand to share information about their organization. While there is no admission fee, donations will be accepted to the CISA.

Formal or cultural dress is highly encouraged in conjunction with the customs of the Eid-Ul-Adha festival. 

At Eid al-Adha, many Muslims make a special effort to pray and listen to a sermon at a mosque. They also wear new clothes, visit family members and friends and may symbolically sacrifice an animal in an act known as qurbani. This represents the animal that Ibrahim sacrificed in the place of his son. In some traditionally Muslim countries, families or groups of families may purchase an animal known as udhiya, usually a goat or sheep, to sacrifice, but this is not common or legal in many parts of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States or many other countries. In these countries, groups of people may purchase a whole carcass from a butcher or slaughterhouse and divide it amongst themselves or just buy generous portions of meat for a communal meal on Eid-al-Adha. People also give money to enable poorer members of their local community and around the world to eat a meat-based meal.

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