12 Long Island school districts to close for Diwali 2022

Welcoming 12 Long Island public school districts closing schools on Diwali this year, Hindus have urged all public school districts and private-charter-parochial-independent schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties to close on their most popular festival Diwali.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada said that it was simply not fair with Hindu pupils of most of the Long Island schools, as they had to be at school on their most popular festival while there were holidays to commemorate festivals of other religions.

Diwali falls on October 24 this year; and 2022-2023 calendars of Deer Park, East Meadow, East Williston, Elwood Union Free, Half Hollow Hills Central, Herricks Public, Hicksville Public, Jericho Union Free, Levittown Public, New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Union Free, North Babylon, Syosset Central School-Districts/Schools; show their schools closed for students on October 24.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stated that holiday on Diwali in Long Island schools would be a step in the positive direction in view of the reported presence of a substantial number of Hindu students at schools, as it was vital to meet the religious and spiritual needs of Hindu pupils.

Zed indicated that since it was important for Hindu families to celebrate Diwali day together at home with their children; closing schools on Diwali would ensure that and would also display how respectful and accommodating Long Island schools were to their faith.

If schools had declared other religious holidays, why not Diwali, Zed asked. Holidays of all major religions should be honored, and no one should be penalized for practicing their religion, Zed added.


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