This Saturday, students flocked to the Cave patio to revel in the food, music, and culture of the Middle East. For the fifth year running, the House of Peace was hosting the Middle Eastern festival. The event, which began at 12 p.m. and ran for five eclectic hours, served up gustatory and intellectual delights. A panoply of meats and vegetables was offered alongside a fleet of hookahs. Students lazed in the sun or underneath a tent, lying on sumptuous rugs and extravagant pillows. The atmosphere was one of relaxation and contemplation on what can threaten to be a manic weekend. Attendees gratefully accepted the respite, soaking up the festival’s calm ambience as the day wore on.
Badr Nagi, ’14, a member of the House of Peace, estimated that six or seven hundred students attended Saturday’s festival. There were those who came to gorge, for whom lamb, chicken, and eggplant proved an irresistible draw. There were those who came to smoke, picking from a broad selection of hookah tobacco, as attested to by the watermelon-tinted air wafting across campus. Many stylish festival-goers visited the resident Henna artist, whose beautiful designs were seen to grace the forearms of many-a-Bantam.
Amidst all of this joy, entertainers regaled the audience. There was live music throughout the event, delighting Trinity students with exotic rhythms and sounds. At several points, the entrancing sounds would set off impromptu dancing amongst the assembled. The festival was also visited by comedians coming from as far off as Canada and California. Laughter filled the air as students awoke from their food-induced slumber to find themselves the lucky recipients of comedy. Any account of the festival would be incomplete without mention of one final attraction: belly-dancers. The transfixing moves of this striking troupe captivated everyone. Ogling was not infrequent.
Mazin Khalil, ’15, helped clean up after the party had ended. “The food went out quick,” he said, pointing to the three remaining trays from what had been a double-digit medley. But Khalil was pleased with the turnout and saw the day as a rousing success in the tradition of previous festivals.