Diwali, marking the triumph of good over evil, is the most important and popular religious festival of Hindus. During this festival, Hindus decorate their homes and temples with special lights called “Dia”. Because the date is based on the Hindu calendar it is subject to change every year.

Federal Holiday without Pay

Adherents of all religious traditions look forward to celebrating their respective holidays with family and friends. Many Hindus are unable to fully celebrate Diwali festival due to a lack of understanding among employers. We, therefore, urge all elected officials to support legislation that will allow Hindus to celebrate this holiday without fearing adverse consequences at the work place. Such holidays can be declared as “unpaid holidays” and will not have any adverse effect on businesses or rest of the society.