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Ramadan | April 23 - May 23, 2020

Ramadan LogoRamadan is a holy month of fasting, introspection and prayer for Muslims, the followers of Islam. Each day during Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset; they are also supposed to avoid impure thoughts and bad behavior. Muslims break their daily fasts by sharing meals (iftar) with family and friends; and the end of Ramadan is celebrated with a three-day festival known as Eid al-Fitr, one of Islam's major holidays.

Read more about the history of Ramadan.

Those able to fast abstain from all food or drink (including water), and many more are involved in community events through the month--all of which can impact energy levels, attention spans and more, especially later in the day and cumulatively, later in the month. While there's no need to presume or ask who's Muslim or fasting , please be mindful of this possibility in your classes, offices, meetings, and events.


holi - festival of colors (hindu tradition)

An ancient Hindu festival, which later became popular among non-Hindu communities as well, Holi heralds the arrival of spring after winter. It signifies the victory of good over evil and is celebrated as a day of spreading happiness and love. The festival is also celebrated as thanksgiving for good harvest. Holi is a popular ancient Indian festival, originating from the Indian subcontinent. It is celebrated predominantly in North India, but has also spread to other areas of Asia and parts of the Western world through the diaspora from the Indian subcontinent.

diwali - festival of lights (hindu tradition)

Diwali, Divali, Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights, usually lasting five days and celebrated during the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance".Diwali celebrations spiritually represent how light overcomes darkness, good overcomes evil, knowledge overcomes ignorance, and hope overcomes despair. Traditionally, celebrations includes millions of lights shining on houses, outside doors and windows, and in the communities all across the globe.

lenten season - (christian tradition)

Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter with a 40-day observation of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. Its institutional purpose is heightened in the annual commemoration of Holy Week, marking the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. In Lent, many Christians commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penance. Lent is a solemn religious observance in the Christian liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, before Easter Sunday.

seder - passover (jewish tradition)

A Jewish ritual service and ceremonial dinner for the first night or the first two nights of Passover. The Passover Seder a ritual feast that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover. It is conducted throughout the world on the evening of the 14th day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar. The Seder meal: There are at least five foods that go on the seder plate: shank bone (zeroa), egg (beitzah), bitter herbs (maror), vegetable (karpas) and a sweet paste called haroset. Many seder plates also have room for a sixth, hazeret (another form of the bitter herbs).

shabbat -  (jewish tradition)

Shabbat, Shabbos, or the Sabbath, is Judaism's day of rest and seventh day of the week. On this day, religious Jews, Samaritans and certain Christians remember the biblical creation of the heavens and the earth in six days and look forward to a future Messianic Age. According to halakha (Jewish religious law), Shabbat is observed from a few minutes before sunset on Friday evening until the appearance of three stars in the sky on Saturday night. ... Shabbat is a festive day when Jews exercise their freedom from the regular labors of everyday life.

dashain - (nepalese tradition)

The longest Hindu festival in Nepal, traditionally celebrated for two weeks with prayers and offerings to Durga, the Universal Mother Goddess. The great harvest festival of Nepal, Dashain is a time for family reunions, exchange of gifts and blessings, and elaborate pujas. Dashain honors the Goddess Durga, who was created out of the shakti or energy of all the gods, armed with weapons from each of them. During the month of Kartik (late September and early October), the Nepalese people celebrate their biggest festival of the year. It is celebrated by Nepalese of all caste and creed throughout the country for fifteen days, remembering the Nepal goddess Durga in all her manifestations. 

RAMADAN - (islamic tradition)

One of the Five Pillars of Islam and observed worldwide, Ramadan is a period of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief that takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. This annual observance is celebrated on campus with evening iftars( a meal to break the fast). Ramadan is a religious holiday which lasts a month and one in which participants practice personal introspection, prayer and fasting. Observed by Muslims all over the world on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Since it is based on a lunar calendar which falls short of the Gregorian calendar by eleven days, this holiday doesn't start on the same day each year. Ramadan means "scorching" in Arabic.



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