Muhibbah Dinner a Success, Resonates With the Theme of Unity

Byline: Jyotsna Dhakal

Posted: April 4, 2011

In Malaysia, one word that unites all its numerous races into a country is "Muhibbah," which means "unity" and "harmony."

This word also brought together International and American students at Wilson and more than 130 people during the annual Muhibbah dinner held in the Jensen Dining Hall. Hosted by the Muhibbah Club, the international dinner, themed "Every ‘Peace' Fits," took place on Sat, Mar. 5.

The program started at 6:30pm and the Muhibbah Club members received guests in their traditional costumes. The excitement of seeing the myriad colors of costumes from different countries, all in one place, was not limited to just the guests. Seungyeon Hyeon, Muhibbah member and a Korean exchange student, says, "The dinner was very exciting. It was quite an experience to see students in those unique traditional clothes from more than 10 countries work together."

Food and Performances Delight Audiences

The event began with introductions and the recognition of President Lorna Edmundson for her continuous support to the international community at Wilson. Chaplain Rosie Magee said the blessing, and the international dinner followed. Wilson students, faculty and staff, international students' friendly families and the members of the local community enjoyed a menu consisting of various delicacies from nine countries: Jollof, a chicken dish from Ghana, a variety of beef dishes from Korea, Ireland and Armenia, and vegetarian dishes from Lebanon, Nepal and China were the main courses. Mousse Au Chocolat and Banane Chocolat from France and American Shoo Fly Pie made up the dessert menu.

Performances by the Muhibbah Club members followed the dinner. Guests enjoyed a traditional South Korean fan dance, an Indian contemporary dance, an Armenian dance by Anush Petrosyan and a piano solo by Jing Luan. The students' hard work showed in their performances. SeungYun Cho, another exchange student from Korea, says, "We practiced around three weeks almost every day, and the dance improved steadily." The club members sang "We are the World," to end the program.

The event received positive feedback from the guests. "I think the dinner went well. They appreciated both the food and the performances," says Lauriane Massin, the French teaching assistant and co-President of Muhibbah. Employees who took care of dining services seemed pleased with this year's dinner, too. "I thought this was the smoothest Muhibbah Dinner in my five years at Wilson College. Fantastic job to all the club members!" said Food Services Director, Tim Dawe.

Muhibbah Club Donates Funds to World Peace Organization

Paul Miller, Muhibbah's advisor, was pleased with the dinner. "Many people approached me to offer their compliments on what they felt was the ‘best food and performances ever,'" Miller said. "We collected over $900.00 in ticket sales, a healthy amount of sales," he adds. Muhibbah will donate the money collected to a world organization that promotes peace.

Last Updated: September 21, 2011

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