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New Jersey’s Education Board approves 19 Hindu festivals as school religious holidays

New Jersey’s Education Board approves 19 Hindu festivals as school religious holidays

New Jersey, June 1 (UITV)- New Jersey State Board of Education this week includes 19 Hindu festivals in its list of religious holidays in the upcoming school year on which schools must allow excused absences.

The holidays that are now permitted to a student from being absent from school includes four festivals in October itself, including Navaratri, which alone is listed for ten days.

Students celebrating those holidays must present a written excuse written by a parent or guardian. Schools are required to provide students the opportunity to make up any tests or other assessments that they missed.

This “list of religious holidays on which it includes the Hindu festivals of Guru Purnima, Naga Panchami, Raksha Bandhan, Krishna Janmashtami, Ganesha Chaturthi, Onam, Navaratri, Duserra, Diwali, Goverdhan Puja, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Vasant Panchami, Maha Shivaratri, Holi, Ramnavami and Hanuman Jayanti.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada, called the “List” a step in the positive direction. He thanked New Jersey State Board of Education (NJSBE) and its president Mark W. Biedron for being inclusive.

Rajan Zed had said that Hinduism was rich in festivals and festivals were very dear to Hindu families. “Since family wanted 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,”

Universal Society of Hinduism had urged the board in the past to include five festivals on the list, which are included in this list.