A Hindu priest has called on more New Jersey schools to add the religious holiday of Diwali as a day off on their calendars. Currently, districts are required to excuse students who celebrate.
Rajan Zed, on his website, noted that 23 school districts have added Diwali to their school calendars. Twenty-two of the districts are in New Jersey, and one district – Central Bucks – is in Pennsylvania.
The districts in the Garden State are Bernards Township, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional, Cherry Hill, Clifton, East Brunswick, Edison Township, Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Hillsborough Township, Hopewell Valley Regional, Livingston, Marlboro Township, Millburn Township, Monroe Township, Montgomery Township, Paramus, Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, Piscataway Township, Robbinsville, Sayreville, South Brunswick, and West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional.