I used to think that only Chinese people celebrated the Lunar New year. However, after I came to Denison, my friends from Asian countries like South Korea, Japan, Vietnam also celebrate this festival. So let’s call it Lunar New Year! Did you know that the Lunar New Year is popularly known as the Spring Festival for Chinese people? This is due to the fact that it starts at the beginning of spring. It’s origin is too old to be traced. There are several theories about the origins of this celebration.
The theme of this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King celebration is “Call and Response: The Call of King’s Dream and Denison’s Response of Hope.” The theme of call and response denotes Dr. King’s call for us to live a life of activism and service. We invoke this notion of call and response to offer our community the opportunity to respond to Dr. King’s call for action and to develop our personal, professional, and civic responsibility to each other, to the communities around us and in solidarity with global communities.
This article was written by Aissata Barry, president of the Muslim Student Association.
On Tuesday, October 15, the Muslim Students Association (MSA) celebrated one of the most important holidays on the Islamic calendar called Eid-ul-Adha also known as the “Feast of Sacrifice.” Eid-ul-Adha marks the end of the pilgrimage to Makkah known as Hajj. Eid-ul-Adha also commemorates prophet Ibrahim’s faith and devotion to God and his willingness to obey God’s command to sacrifice his son Ismael. The story of Ibrahim is found in all of the Ibrahimic religious scriptures (Christianity, Judaism and Islam), however there is a slight difference with the narrations.