Accommodations for Faith-Based and Cultural Observances

The list below contains accommodation considerations for faith-based and cultural observances for departments and unit's to consider in support of employees and students.

For a more comprehensive list with specific dates and additional considerations please refer to the Multicultural Calendar maintained by the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

  • Lent, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday

    Lent is the six week period leading up to Easter. It’s one of the most important times of year for many Christians around the world, particularly those within the Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox traditions, held at a similar level of importance to Advent – the build up to Christmas.

    Considerations for our campus communities: Many from more orthodox and traditional denominations may observe fasting strictly, avoiding meat, fish, eggs and fats until Easter Sunday. We encourage campus units to consider these restrictions when providing meals during this time.

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  • Passover

    The Jewish holiday of Passover commemorates the exodus of Jews from two centuries of slavery in Egypt. This year, Passover begins at sundown on April 22 and ends after nightfall on April 30. We would like to wish the Jewish community within UC Davis and beyond a Passover filled with hope, compassion, and community and honor that the liberation of enslaved Jews so many centuries ago continues today to represent freedom and collective resilience for many peoples.

    Considerations for our campus communities: During Passover, “Chametz”, any food product derived of wheat, barley, rye, oats, or spelt, are to be avoided. We encourage campus units to consider these restrictions when providing meals during this time.

    Learn more and connect with Hillel at Davis and Sacramento.

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  • Ramadan

    During this time of spiritual growth and reflection, Muslims worldwide will fast from food and water from dawn to sunset. In support of our patients, faculty, employees, students, and community members we would like to share the following resources for awareness, care, and guidance around accommodations to consider when hosting gatherings and/or meetings where food is provided during this time.

    Learn more about Why Muslims Fast and read Ramadan: A Guide for UC Davis Medical Center Faculty, Residents, and Students [PDF].

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