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The Department of Health Sciences is pleased to recognize the following observances and celebrations for the month of March:

Ramadan/Ramazan (Islam)

March 2 – April 21, 2023

Focusing on faith, this holy observance celebrates the Quran being revealed for the first time during this month on the night of Laylat al Qadr. Common traditions include fasting during daylight hours, eating the iftar meal each night after reading the Quran, refraining from any bad habits and attending night prayers at Mosques.

Purim (Jewish)

March 6-7, 2023

Commemorating Esther saving the Jews that were living in Persia. Common traditions include reading the Book of Esther, dressing in costumes, holding carnivals and eating hamentaschen (triangular, filled pastries).

Norouz/Norooz/Naw-Ruz (Bahá’í)

March 21-22, 2023

The Bahá’í New Year, honoring spring and the new life that comes with it. Common traditions include praying, dancing and eating large meals.

UNC-Chapel Hill provides a calendar of Holy Days and Observances as a resource for education and accommodation. The Department of Health Sciences will share monthly observances and recognitions as a part of its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.