A Guide to Religious Observances

Have you ever wondered about the significance of sukkot? The importance of Easter? The customs of Ramadan?

Brandeis is home to rich and diverse cultural and religious traditions. We invite you to explore the significance of just some of the celebrations you might encounter here on campus.


Days of Awe, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Judaism)
Diwali (Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism)
Shmini Atzeret (Judaism)
Simhat Torah (Judaism)
Sukkot (Judaism)
Halloween, All Saints Day and All Souls Day (Christian)
Eid al-Adha: "The Feast of Sacrifice" (Muslim)
Advent (Christian)
Hanukkah (Judaism)


Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent (Christian)
Purim (Judaism)


Palm Sunday (Christian)
Holy Week (Christian)
Easter (Christian)
Ramadan (Muslim)

Passover (Judaism)
Pentecost (Christian)
Shavout (Judaism)