Recognize Diwali as an Official Holiday in New York

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We are seeking to make Diwali as an official holiday for New York's residents.  This change will be welcomed by many Hindu parents, as our children are often hesitant to take undesignated days off, with fear children will miss assignments, much need school work and exams.  

Making Diwali as an official holiday will be a positive change for a substantial number of Hindu students in New York, as it is important to meet spiritual and religious needs of our children.  We believe our New Yorkers should make an effort to accommodate the religious requirements of Hindu students and show respect to their faith by school or classes not scheduled on Diwali day.  Missing school for a religious needs will put our students into an unnecessary disadvantage for missing papers, exams, meetings, classwork, etc., by taking a day off in order to observe Diwali.  

If New York can declare other religious holidays, WHY NOT DIWALI?  By interconnecting education and spirituality, New York students would be well balanced, well nurtured and enlightened future citizens of country.  

Diwali, the festival of lights, aims at dispelling the darkness and lighting up the lives and resembles the victory of good over evil.  Besides Hindus; Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists also celebrate Diwali, which Hinduism is rich in festivals and this religious festival is very dear and sacred to Hindus.  Hinduism is the third oldest and largest religion of the world.  

 

Jennifer Garib & Savitri McCrea @ J&S Caring Food Pantry

On behalf of Our Hindu Community Members



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