Stevens recognizes the diverse religious backgrounds and values represented in our community and the importance of supporting each other. In the coming days and weeks, members of our community will observe Ramadan (March 22-April 21), Passover (April 5-13), Good Friday (April 7), Easter (April 9), and Eid al-Fitr (April 21-22).
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 year, Ramadan takes place from approximately March 22 – April 21. This month can be challenging for those who go through the day without eating or drinking. We encourage everyone who is not observing to have empathy and understanding. Fasting takes place from before dawn until dusk (approx. 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. at this time of year) and can lead to exhaustion, as students will be adjusting to a lack of food, water, caffeine, and sugar. People will also be adapting to a new sleep schedule and may spend more time in prayer throughout the day. Stevens offers a variety of options and resources for students who are fasting during Ramadan, including to-go containers at Pierce Dining Hall (see a manager on the floor for assistance), the use of the Quiet Space for prayer, and daily Iftar in the Intercultural Space (UCC 2 nd floor) from 7-8 p.m. to break your fast with dates.
Passover is traditionally observed with two seders (celebratory meals) on the first two nights of the holiday, April 5 and 6. During the entirety of Passover, it is forbidden to eat leavened food (bread, pasta, etc.). Observant Jews do not work for the next 2 days) and ends on April 12-13, when work is also prohibited for observant Jews. Stevens Dining will offer kosher for Passover food options during the holiday.
Good Friday and Easter
Good Friday is observed on Friday, April 7, and Easter is celebrated on Sunday, April 9. Classes will not meet on Friday, April 7, although administrative offices will be open.
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan and begins at sundown on April 21. Stevens will host a campus celebration; more details to come.
For More Information
Learn all about campus resources, events and inclusive practices on the Spirituality website. Consider a visit to the Quiet Space on the lower level of the Student Wellness Center for prayer or meditation. Questions? Email the Office of Student Culture and Belonging at [email protected].