Hindus want Allentown School District (ASD) in Pennsylvania (USA) to add Diwali, the most popular Hindu holy day, to the holiday calendar.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urging ASD to announce Diwali as school holiday, said that it was important for Hindu families to celebrate Diwali day together at home with their children. According to reports, Asians make-up sizeable part of Allentown’s population and a large portion of those are of India descent.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that awareness about other religions thus created by such holidays would make ASD pupils well-nurtured, well-balanced, and enlightened citizens of tomorrow. It would make ASD look good also besides bringing cohesion and unity in the community.
Zed points out that few school districts in the neighboring New Jersey have already declared Diwali as holiday, while New Jersey Department of Education includes Diwali in its “List of Religious Holidays Permitting Pupil Absence From School”. Zed stresses that all school districts across USA should declare Diwali as school holiday.
ASD, third largest urban school system in Pennsylvania whose history goes back to 1774, has 17,283 students in 21 schools and five alternative programs, who originate from 43 countries and speak 26 languages. Dr. C. Russell Mayo is Superintendent while Robert E. Smith Junior and Debra H. Lamb are President and Vice President respectively of its Board of School Directors.
Liberty Bell was successfully hidden in Allentown, Pennsylvania's third most populous city and two-time winner of the All-America City Award, which was settled in 1751. Ed Pawlowski is the Mayor, while Julio Guridy and Ray O’Connell are President and Vice President respectively of the City Council of Allentown. Prominent people associated with Allentown include former Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca; actresses Amanda Seyfried, Michaela Conlin and Christine Taylor; football players Ed McCaffrey and Andre Reed; golfer Gloria Ehret; and author Lauren Weisberger.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.