EDISON, NJ - After lauding Edison Township Public Schools (ETPS) in New Jersey for declaring Diwali a holiday for township students, Hindus are now calling for all public school districts and private-charter-independent schools in New Jersey to close on their most popular festival Diwali.

ETPS Board of Education, in the Public Board Meeting of Feb. 26, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, unanimously approved a 2018-2019 school calendar with a built-in day off for  for Diwali in November.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said, "Holiday on Diwali in New Jersey schools would be a step in the positive direction in view of presence of a substantial number of Hindu students at schools around the state, as it was important to meet the religious and spiritual needs of Hindu pupils."
The president of Universal Society of Hinduism, Zed emphasized the importance of Hindu families celebrating Diwali day together at home with their children. He said that closing schools on Diwali would  display New Jersey's respect for their faith.
Zed thanked ETPS Board lead by Jingwei “Jerry” Shi and ETPS Superintendent Dr. Richard O'Malley "for understanding the concerns of Hindu community."
In New Jersey for 2017, when Diwali fell on October 19; Glen Rock Public Schools announced closure of schools and offices on Diwali; in West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, schools were closed on October 19; and in Piscataway Township Schools, there was “No School for Students” on Diwali. And in the recent past, Millburn Township Public Schools announced Diwali day off for students for the next three years, reports suggest.