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. This year, the festival celebrated by nearly a billion people falls on the 27th of October.
Issuance of a Diwali Stamp
The US Postal Service has issued numerous stamps to honor the various religious festivals of America. There are stamps featuring Hanukkah, Quanza and Eid among others. We urge Congress and the President to aggressively support the release of a postal stamp to recognize Diwali, the most popular festival of Hindus Worldwide.
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 this 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.