Spirituality Resources & Information

Spring 2024 Holidays and Resources

Stevens recognizes the diverse religious backgrounds and cultures represented in our community and the importance of supporting each other. In the coming days and weeks, members of our community will observe some major holidays including Ramadan (March 11-April 9), Holi (March 25), Good Friday (March 29), Easter (March 31), Eid al-Fitr (April 9-10), and Passover (April 22-30).


Ramadan is a Muslim religious observation month that includes fasting (including no water) along with increased prayer, charity, reflection, goodwill and working towards being your best self. This month can be challenging for those who go through the day without eating or drinking. Fasting takes place from before dawn until dusk and can lead to exhaustion, as people will be adjusting to a lack of food, water, caffeine, and sugar in addition to adapting to a new sleep schedule and spending more time in prayer throughout the day.    

Some students may require academic considerations to fully engage in their religious observances while meeting academic and work obligations. They are encouraged to communicate with faculty and supervisors beforehand to discuss potential adjustments such as rescheduling exams around suhoor, iftar, and prayers. It's important to recognize that everyone’s fasting experience and energy levels may vary, and they will make choices accordingly.    

Stevens offers a variety of resources for community members who are fasting during Ramadan, including suhoor packs available for purchase at Pierce Dining Hall, to-go containers for food at all dining locations, and daily iftar on the 2nd Floor of the University Center (Rooms 206 and 212). As always, the Quiet Space is available for prayer and reflection 24/7 in the lower level of the Wellness Center.   


Holi is a sacred Hindu festival known as the Festival of Colors where participants joyously throw vibrant colored powders at each other, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil, the arrival of spring, and the eternal love of the deities Radha and Lord Krishna. It is a time of lively celebrations, music, dancing, and sharing sweets with loved ones, fostering a sense of unity and community.    

Good Friday and Easter    

Good Friday and Easter are holy holidays where Christians pause to remember the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Classes will not meet on Friday, March 29, although administrative offices will be open.   

Eid al-Fitr   

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and is a time for celebration after a month of fasting. A community dinner will be provided; more details to come.   


Passover commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Passover is traditionally observed with two seders (celebratory meals) on the first two nights of the holiday. During Passover, it is forbidden to eat leavened food (bread, pasta, etc.). Observant Jews do not work for the first two and last two days of the holiday. Stevens Dining will offer Passover food options during the holiday.    

More Information

Questions? Email the Office of Student Culture and Belonging at [email protected].

Campus Resources for Ramadan

Space for Prayer & Community Events

  • The Quiet Space on the Ground Floor of the Wellness Center is open for prayer and reflection 24/7

  • The 2nd Floor of the University Center is available for iftar in the Intercultural Space and Room 206 every day from 7-8 p.m.

  • The Muslim Student Association hosts Jummah Prayers every Friday in the UCC Gallery Room from 12-2 p.m.

  • A community dinner celebrating Eid al-Fitr will take place - details are forthcoming.

Academic Considerations

  • Give students who are fasting the option to take tests at a different time (early morning or late night vs. late afternoon)

  • Allow students to leave your class for 10 minutes for prayer if requested

Fasting & Meal Options

  • Dining Services has to-go containers in Pierce to accommodate the fasting schedule for students with a meal plan and suhoor packs for sale.

Empathy & Understanding

  • Expressing understanding for friends, students and colleagues can make a positive impact on their experience during this month

  • If you are unsure about how to support Muslim students or colleagues during Ramadan, don’t hesitate to ask them privately if they need anything