The months of March and April are filled with celebrations that reflect our diverse backgrounds, copious holidays, and traditions celebrated by the Carolina and UNC Health community.
Creating Awareness for and Celebrating Our Diverse Backgrounds
The months of March and April are filled with celebrations that reflect our diverse backgrounds, copious holidays, and traditions celebrated by the Carolina and UNC Health community. Whether it is the Hindu and Sikh observation of Holi (March 29), signifying the triumph of good over evil, the Jewish recognition of Passover or Pesach (March 27-April 4), denoting the eight-day holiday commemorating the Israelites’ emancipation from slavery in ancient Egypt, the Persian observation of Nowruz (March 21), the Persian New Year, promoting peace and solidarity, or the Christian observance of Palm Sunday (March 28), memorializing Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, or/and Easter occurring on Sunday, (April 4), 2021, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus — we must continue to acknowledge, respect, and embrace our differences as we build a community of belonging and acceptance.
Health professionals and Learners who Identify as Muslim and Observe Ramadan
Ramadan 2021 begins at sundown on Tuesday, April 13 and ends Wednesday evening, May 12. From dawn to sunset, Muslims who are fasting abstain from eating any food and drinking water or any beverage.
Be supportive of colleagues/co-workers who work extended hours due to COVID-19. Muslims who are fasting generally eat two main meals a day: one at sunset when they end their daily fast (iftar) and the other before the break of dawn (suhoor). For prayer, colleagues/co-workers should bring their own prayer rug and remember social distancing.
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