New Jersey Schools Add 19 Hindu Festivals to Religious Holiday Lists for Indian-origin Students

New Jersey schools have recently added as many as 19 Hindu festivals to their holiday lists, as per a directive from the State Board of Education. The school-going students from the Hindu community in the state of New Jersey will be able to take leave on those festivals without facing any repercussion from the school authorities.

While Indians in New York are still struggling to make Diwali a public holiday, the Hindu community’s right to religious freedom during certain festivals including Navaratri and Diwali is acknowledged in New Jersey. It is a reason for New Jersey’s Indian community to rejoice. There are approximately 3 lakh Indians in the state of New Jersey, according to the 2010 census.

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The New Jersey school holiday list includes the following Hindu festivals for Indian-origin students:

  • Guru Purnima
  • Naga Panchami
  • Raksha Bandhan
  • Krishna Janmashtami
  • Ganesh Chaturthi
  • Makar Sankranti
  • Vasant Panchami
  • Maha Shivaratri
  • Ramnavami
  • Hanuman Jayanti
  • Souramana Yugadi
  • Chandramana Yugadi
  • Govardhan Puja
  • Navaratri
  • Dussehra
  • Diwali
  • Pongal
  • Onam

The new list of religious holidays for schools in New Jersey makes it mandatory to excuse any Hindu student’s absence during any of the above-mentioned festivals. According to the New Jersey State Board of Education, the Hindu students should not be deprived of any opportunity to compete for any award in any niche due to their absence from schools on religious holidays related to their festivals listed above.

The directive to New Jersey schools also states, “Students who miss a test or examination because of absence on a religious holiday must be given the right to take an alternate test or examination.” The schools are also mandated to record such absences as excused absences.  Even any student takes leave or is absent during Navaratri which continues for nine days, the school authority is barred from taking any punitive action against them.

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One thought on “New Jersey Schools Add 19 Hindu Festivals to Religious Holiday Lists for Indian-origin Students

  1. raak

    “Even any student takes leave or is absent during Navaratri which continues for nine days, the school authority is barred from taking any punitive action against them.”

    I am not sure how authentic this news is, if the offcial links were provided, then it would be nice.

    This seems too extreem.
    Say what if a public in the area where 50% students were Indian childerns then what the school staff will do with 50% of studens absent?
    Even in India (Tamil Nadu) we get off for Navaratri.
    Also Navarathri celebrated in the evening and ninght, then why a student need to take off whole day? I guess go to malls and play video games.

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