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Cultural Highlights

Cultural Highlights is an annual campus-wide initiative dedicated to celebrating and honoring the diversity and richness of human cultures, such as significant traditions, practices, values, beliefs, and customs, including heritage, religious, and spiritual holidays. Cultural Highlights aim to educate our campus community, foster cultural humility and appreciation, and share information on campus and local community engagement opportunities. 

Spring 2024

Read more about current local religious and cultural events and celebrations.


The Office of Student Involvement and the Center for Equity & Inclusion curate Cultural Highlights. If you’re interested in contributing to these or other events taking place this year, please contact involvement@pratt.edu or cei@pratt.edu.

Religious Observance Calendar 2023–2024 Academic Year

Eid al-Ghadeer **IslamJuly 6
1st of Muharram (Islamic New Year) **IslamJuly 19
10th of Muharram (Ashura) **IslamJuly 28
Tisha B’Av**JewishAugust 12-13
Arbaʽeen**IslamSeptember 6
Paryushan **JainSeptember 11-18
Rosh Hashanah **JewishSeptember 15-17
Yom Kippur **JewishSeptember 24-25
Sukkot JewishSeptember 29 – October 6
Simchat Torah **JewishOctober 6-8
Shemini Atzeret**JewishOctober 7
# Navrati/Dussehra**HinduOctober 16-24
Holy Day of ObligationCatholicNovember 1
Diwali **HinduNovember 12
Hanukkah JewishDecember 7-15
Eastern Orthodox Christmas OrthodoxChristianJanuary 7
SankrantiHinduJanuary 15
Isra & Mi’rajIslamFebruary 7
Ash WednesdayChristianFebruary 14
Lent BeginsChristianFebruary 14
Laylat al Bara’ah (AKA Nisf Sha’ban)IslamFebruary 24
# Ramadan **IslamMarch 10 – April 9
Purim **JewishMarch 23-24
HoliHinduMarch 25
Good FridayChristianMarch 29
EasterChristianMarch 31
23rd Night of Ramadan **IslamApril 2
27th Night of Ramadan **IslamApril 6
# Eid al-Fitr **IslamApril 10
VaisakhiSikhApril 13
Passover (Pesach) **JewishApril 22-30
Eastern Orthodox Good Friday OrthodoxChristianMay 3
Eastern Orthodox Easter OrthodoxChristianMay 5
Vesak (Theravada)BuddhismMay 5
Vesak (Mahayana)BuddhismJune 4
Shavuot **JewishJune 11-13
# Eid-al-Adha**IslamJune 17
JuneteenthInterfaith/African AmericanJune 19
# Eid al-Ghadeer **IslamJune 25
1st of Muharram (Islamic New Year) **IslamJuly 7
10th of Muharram (Ashura) **IslamJuly 16

Pratt’s Attendance Policy acknowledges and respects students’ need to observe days of cultural significance, including religious holy days. We understand that some students may need to miss class. In such cases, students are encouraged to consult directly with faculty to arrange for making up missed coursework and assignments or seek assistance from the Student Support and Advocacy Office.

Note: Some of these dates are not fixed to the calendar, but rather are based on the local sighting of the prescribed phase of the moon, and therefore, there may be some variance.

**All Jewish, Islamic, and Bahá’í holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the first date shown.