Nevada, Oct 6 (IBNS) A US based Hindu group has applauded Smithfield Public Schools and Barrington Public Schools in Rhode Island (USA) for listing Diwali on their respective calendars, calling it "a step in the right direction".
According to their 2012-2013 School Calendar (Smithfield's was approved on October one), Diwali is listed at November 13 under "Major Religious & Cultural Holidays".
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA), said that awareness about other religions thus created by such listings would make the Smithfield and Barrington Public Schools' pupils well-nurtured, well-balanced, and enlightened citizens of tomorrow.
Zed asked all school districts in Rhode Island to list Diwali as a religious/cultural holiday.
Diwali, the festival of lights, aims at dispelling the darkness and lighting up the lives and symbolizes the victory of good over evil.
Both Smithfield and Barrington Public Schools have six schools each and Robert O'Brien and Michael B. Messore III are superintendents of Smithfield and Barrington Schools respectively.
There are about three million Hindus in USA.