This year, Ramadan begins the evening of April 1 and ends the evening of May 1. During this time, those of Islamic faith fast from sunrise to sunset, and focus on contemplation and reflection. Ramadan involves prayers late into the night. It is not unusual to be up past midnight for prayers and then get up around 5 am to eat before dawn and pray.
Eid al-Fitr is the celebration of the end of the month-long fasting period. This year Eid al-Fitr begins the evening of May 1.
Please refer to the University’s guidelines on religious observances for guidance on possible accommodations that faculty can use to support students during this time.
Should students ask, there is a non-denominational Reflection Room on the 3rd floor of the William Pitt Union available for prayer and meditation. If there is a need additional space for prayer/mediation, please speak with a building manager or contact the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at firstname.lastname@example.org. Halal food is also available on or near campus at the Za’tar in The Market at The Towers as well as Halal Guys on Forbes Avenue.