Glen Rock one of three NJ school districts statewide to close for Diwali

April 19 - The Glen Rock Public School district announced it will close on Diwali, a Hindu holiday, on Oct. 19, 2017 for the first time in its history.
 
In addition to Glen Rock, West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District and Piscataway Township Schools will close, as well.
 
In neighboring New York, six school districts have declared holiday for students on October 19, which include: East Meadow School District, East Williston Union Free School District, Half Hollow Hills Central School District, Herricks Union Free School District, Hicksville Union Free School District and Syosset Central School District. Mineola Union Free School District announced that no home work or examinations would be given on Diwali, according to published reports.
 
 
In Pennsylvania, Unionville-Chadds Ford School District headquartered in Kennett Square approved closure of schools on Diwali; while Harvard Public Schools in Massachusetts have declared October 19 as an “early release day”, reports indicate.
 
Nevada Hindu statesman Rajan Zed described the school closings for the holiday as a step in the right direction and urged all other public school districts and private-charter-independent schools in New Jersey to do the same.
 
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said it would be a positive thing to do in view of the substantial number of Hindu students at schools around the state.
 
Rajan Zed said schools should make efforts to accommodate the religious requirements of Hindu students and show respect to their faith by not conducting regular business and scheduling classes on Diwali.

"We did not want our students to be put at an unnecessary disadvantage for missing tests/examinations/papers, assignments, class work, etc., by taking a day-off to observe Diwali," he said. 
 
"If schools had declared other religious holidays, why not Diwali," Zed said. "Holidays of all major religions should be honored and no one should be penalized for practicing their religion."
 
Zed urged New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey State Board of Education President Mark W. Bierdon and New Jersey Department of Education Acting Commissioner Kimberley Harrington to work towards adding Diwali as an official holiday in all the public school districts in the state and persuade the private-charter-independent schools to follow.
 
Zed said Hinduism is "rich in festivals and religious festivals are very dear and sacred to Hindus."
 
According to Diwali tradition, the festival of lights dispells darkness and enlightens lives, symbolizing the victory of good over evil. Besides Hindus; Sikhs and Jains and some Buddhists celebrate Diwali, as well.
 
Hinduism is oldest and third largest religion of the world with about 1.1 billion adherents with "moksh" or liberation as its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in the USA.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Fair Lawn/Glen Rock

Conversations with Joan Herrmann: No Dream Is Too High – Reach for the Stars

In honor of Fair Lawn and Glen Rock’s high school graduations last night, TapInto had talked to Joan about reaching for the stars. She shares her very personal story in which she trudged through her own fears and came out a success.

Q. This is something many of us have heard, "reach for the stars, anything is possible," but when it comes to a personal dream, we tend to ...

Fair Lawn Police Blotter - June 19, 2018

June 19, 2018

June 16 - 12:53 am - Narcotics:  P.O. Juan Rodriguez initiated a motor vehicle stop on Burbank Street at Berdan Avenue and arrested the operator, Melissa Ruf, age 25 of Landenberg, PA, after she handed over marijuana upon request from the officer. She was released after being charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug ...

Gottheimer Meets with Constituents at 25th “Cup of Joe with Josh” Town Hall: Midland Park

June 17, 2018

MIDLAND PARK, NJ – Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) met individually with Fifth District residents at his 25th “Cup of Joe with Josh” Town Hall at Sansone's Family Restaurant in Midland Park.

Gottheimer holds these “Cup of Joe with Josh” events regularly across North Jersey to hear directly from the people he serves.

“For me to effectively ...

Local Students Present Robots, Gardens and Other Sustainability Projects at Student Forum

Newark, NJ — Armani Otero, a fifth grade student at Joseph H. Brensinger Elementary School in Jersey City, lit up as he spoke about building two robots that he and other students created to observe changes in their school’s garden.

“My favorite part of the whole thing was building the robots,” he said. “We had to collaborate. We didn’t have ...

Bergen County Home Improvement Program Offers Interest Free, Deferred Payment Financing to Qualified Home Owners

June 21, 2018

HACKENSACK, NJ -- If you think you can’t afford to renovate parts of your home that need to be improved, think again.  It’s time to get HIP!

The Bergen County Home Improvement Program (HIP) can help eligible home and condominium owners with extraordinary low-cost financing for needed rehabilitation.  A new roof, windows, doors, sidewalk, driveway, exterior siding, and ...

Brand New Hampton Inn & Suites and Homewood Suites at Teaneck to Host Job Fair on June 21

Hotel plans to hire 45 full-time and part-time staff members in advance of August opening

Teaneck, NJ – In advance of its August opening, the Hampton Inn & Suites and Homewood Suites at Teaneck will be hosting a job fair on June 21 from 1 pm to 5 pm at the East Ballroom of the Marriott Teaneck at Glenpointe at 100 Frank W. Burr Blvd in Teaneck, N.J. More ...

Something Shakespeare To Glen Rock Comes

GLEN ROCK, NJ - On Tuesday, July 31, at 7 p.m., The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey – Next Stage Ensemble will bring an exciting collage of moments and music from Shakespeare and the many authors he has inspired with a special production at the Glen Rock Public Library.  The performance is a benefit for the Friends of the Glen Rock Library and a reception follows.

Underwriting has ...

Summertime Air Quality Issues

Summer weather can be harmful to your health due to air pollutants like ozone, mold, and moisture that are more prevalent both inside and outside than they are during cooler months. 

Sunny days, warm temperatures, and light winds don’t allow pollutants to be cleared from outside air. Instead, they encourage the formation of ozone, a leading air pollutant.  Ozone is ...