On Monday, Cornell celebrated Eid al-Fitr — the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan — with community-wide prayers, celebrations and a banquet in person after two years of disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
One hundred and thirty people packed into the Biotechnology Building on Saturday for Cornell’s annual Eid al-Adha Banquet, which boasted an upbeat atmosphere and diverse crowd. People who attended the banquet represented a variety of cultures and backgrounds, according to Hasna Zainul ’17, treasurer of the Muslim Educational and Cultural Association, which hosted the banquet. Approximately 20 percent of attendees were not MECA members, Zainul said. MECA members decorated the banquet room in a scheme of blue and yellow, with the back wall draped in an ornate paper tapestry covered with gold camels. The backdrop was used for group pictures as guests walked in.