Reflections from our faculty on our diverse heritage, cultural and religious celebrations.

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Submitted by Janet Braun–Our family also celebrates Easter with the traditional lamb cake which signifies Jesus Christ as the sacrificial lamb. This is a tradition from my German Catholic grandparents. I use the cast iron mold from my grandmother. (My grandmother’s cakes didn’t have crooked ears!)

Submitted by Brenda Grossman–Passover (also called Pesach) is a Jewish Holiday that starts at sundown on Friday April 15 this year and lasts for 8 days. Passover celebrates the exodus of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. The celebration begins with a Seder dinner where Jewish people around the world incorporate their local delicacies into the celebration dinner. Family and friends gather around the table to retell the story of the exodus.  The Seder plate is the focal point of the table. It contains six items which represent a part of the journey. During this week, Jewish people eat Matzo and refrain from eating bread and other grains to symbolize the fact that the Jews leaving Egypt were in a hurry, and did not have time to let their bread rise.

Easter in Brazil
Submitted by Nidia Messias–For the Messias family, the traditional Easter celebration involves fasting or eating fish on Good Friday.  The traditional dish for Easter in Brazil is “bacalhau” (salted codfish), derived  from their  Portuguese heritage. But what children and adults alike wait for is the giant chocolate eggs – ovos de Pascoa- which one has to wait until Easter Sunday to devour.   The picture shows “bacalhau” prepared by me. For the Easter eggs view


Submitted By Sobia Shahab–Ramadan is one of the 12 months of the Islamic calendar, special to Muslims because the Quran was first revealed during this month. As a celebration of this momentous event when we believe God revealed His word, Muslims fast during this month from dawn to dusk. This doesn’t mean we fast for 30 days (this is a common, although weird assumption) but rather that we fast every day for 30 days. We wake up before sunrise and eat a meal called suhoor, and then fast the entire day until sunset, when the fast is broken by a meal called iftar. Repeat for the entire month. Learn More

Submitted by Ann Gronowski

The Gronowski family includes the tradition of the Easter lamb cake.