Day Off of School for Orthodox Christmas in NJ (January 7th)

Day Off of School for Orthodox Christmas in NJ (January 7th)

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Domatius Shafik started this petition to The New Jersey State House and

In Oriental Orthodoxy (which includes the Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Eritrean, and Syriac Orthodox Churches), their Christmas is celebrated between January 6th and January 7th. In the state of New Jersey, over 200 congregations observe this holiday in reverence to the belief of Jesus Christ being born into the world. The Oriental Orthodox community has been subject to an specific dilemma which will be challenged with this petition.

Many world religions have been able to have the privilege to not go to school on their religious holiday. In the United States, many public schools observe holidays from many different religions and denominations such as Ashura (a remembrance of Hussein in 680 AD by Shia Muslims), Rosh Hashanah (the celebration of the Jewish New Year), Yom Kippur (Atonement for the Jewish community), Hanukkah (the Jewish holiday that celebrates the victory of the Maccabees for eight days), and Kwanzaa (a week-long holiday to celebrate African heritage). 

With these holidays and many more, the Oriental Churches deserve the right to observe in reverence the celebration of Christmas on January 6th/7th without having to choose between missing a major exam or assignment and practicing their faith.

The Oriental Orthodox Churches are ready to be able to observe their Christmas holiday with respect and honor along with every other religion that has a day off from school. Sign the petition to receive the privilege of celebrating Christmas. 

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