Hindus are urging Maine schools which have a significant number of Hindu pupils to include Diwali, the most popular Hindu holy day, as a school holiday in their 2015-2016 school calendars and beyond.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed said that it was not fair to Hindu pupils and their families that they had to attend school on their most popular festival.

Rajan Zed stressed that since it was important for Hindu families to celebrate Diwali day together at home with their children and they did not want their children to be deprived of any privileges at the school because of thus resulting absences on this day. 

Zed noted that awareness about other religions thus created by such holidays like Diwali would make the Maine pupils well-nurtured, well-balanced, and enlightened citizens of tomorrow.

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