Hindus Urge USA Authority to Add More Religious Holidays

April 8, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Newstrack India


Hindus in New Jersey have urged the State Department of Education in USA to add nine more Hindu festivals, including Durgapuja, to its “List of Religious Holidays Permitting Pupil Absence From School”.

Indo-American Hindu scholar Rajan Zed, in a statement today, said that Hinduism was rich in festivals and festivals were very dear to Hindu families. Since families want to celebrate these festivals together along with their school going children, we did not want our children to be deprived of any privileges at the school because of thus resulting absences on these days.

Rajan Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, listed the festivals to be added to this list of religious holidays as: Lohri, Durgapuja, Makar Sankranti, Naga Panchami, Guru Purnima, Goverdhan Puja, Pongal, Onam, and Gudi Padwa.