The students and staff of USP Lautoka celebrated Eid (Eidal-Fitr), the sacred Muslim festival, in a more grand style this year.
Jointly organized by the Campus and the USP Student Association (USPSA) Lautoka, the function received much appreciation from the staff and students of the Campus.
This year there was a bigger variety of sweets and special attention was paid towards decorating the venue that greatly enhanced the festive mood in the Campus.
USP Lautoka Teaching Assistant Mohammed Shakeel spoke on the true purpose and significance of Eid, both from the Islamic faith perspective as well as his personal experience and understanding of the festival.
Mr Mohammed said Eid, also called the Feast of Breaking the Fast, is celebrated to mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawn). The day of Eid falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal and is celebrated every year by Muslims worldwide in many countries around the world.
“The philosophy of the fast is well-known – it gives the servants of Allah training in discipline, self-control and unquestioned obedience to God. It cultivates self-denial in man so that he may be able to understand the problems facing the community and society,” Mr. Mohammed said.
USP Campus Director Dr. Pramila Devi acknowledged the effort put in by staff and students into organizing this function and making it an enjoyable one for all.
The celebration was attended by staff and students from all ethnicities who were treated to a variety of sweets as is customary of Eid celebrations.