Hindus list 19 festivals for inclusion in Texas A&M University’s multi-faith calendar

Hindus have suggested 19 festivals for inclusion in the multi-faith calendar being created by Texas A&M University (TAMU) so that its “managers can avoid scheduling major meetings and events” on such days. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, responding to Assistant Dean Jan Pfannstiel, listed these days as: Diwali, Holi, Maha Shivaratri, Krishna Janmashtami, Ramnavami, Ganesha […]

New York to have parade on Phagwah (Hindu festival)

The 29th annual “Phagwah Parade 2017” will be held in Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens borough of New York City on March 12, to celebrate Hindu festival Phagwah, also known as Holi. It will include multiple floats playing religious music. Starting around ten am from Liberty Avenue & 133rd Street, it will end in Smokey […]

Hindus seek Diwali holiday in New Jersey’s Bridgewater schools

Hindus are asking New Jersey’s Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District to include Diwali, the most popular Hindu holy day, as a school holiday in its schools calendar, in view of their substantial population in the District. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that it was not fair with Hindu pupils […]

Hindus want five more added to New Jersey schools’ religious holidays list

Hindus have urged New Jersey State Board of Education (NJSBE) to add five more Hindu festivals to its “List of Religious Holidays Permitting Student Absence from School”. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Hinduism was rich in festivals and festivals were very dear to Hindu families. Since […]

Thousands of Mormons participated in Holi festival in Utah

Hindus have welcomed reported participation of thousands of Mormons at the Hindu Holi “festival of color” in Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork (Utah, USA), said to be world’s largest Holi gathering, on March 29. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was wonderful to […]

University of North Carolina for hosted Holi Festival

Hindus have applauded University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) for hosting Holi, Hindu “festival of color”, and are urging other universities of USA and Canada to do the same. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, welcoming this inclusion, called it a “step in the right direction”. He stressed […]

No Diwali holiday in New Jersey schools, Hindus disappointed

Hindu community feels heartbroken as only two public school districts in New Jersey (USA) out of total over 600 have declared Diwali as a school holiday despite all out efforts by them. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was not fair with Hindu pupils and their […]

No Diwali holiday in New York City schools, Hindus feel abandoned

Hindu community is heartbroken over New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio not declaring Diwali as a school holiday despite all out efforts by them. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was not fair with Hindu pupils and their families as they would have to attend […]

Rasa-Lila Festival in Florida, USA

A Rasa-Lila Festival is being held in Odessa in Florida (USA) on March 30 & 31, 2012. With tagline of “Play, Dance, Love”; this Rasa-Lila Fest, “a community yoga festival”, is described as “a full day and night of yoga & meditation”, which includes sound healers, music, holistic workshops, Paddle Boarding Yoga, Forrest Yoga, Kirtan, […]

Diwali Celebrations in Whole Foods Market, USA

Diwali 2011 will be a special one for Whole Foods Market, which claims to be “the leading natural and organic food retailer”, as it is celebrating Hindu festival Diwali with a festive cooking class and sampler dinner. An announcement of Minneapolis (Minnesota, USA) store of this Austin (Texas, USA) headquartered grocer suggests to “Recreate the […]

University of Nevada to hold Diwali Utsav

University of Nevada-Reno (UNR) in USA is celebrating “Diwali Utsav” on October 30, 2011. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will open the Utsav (festival) with prayers and lamp-lighting while famous musician Jim Eaglesmith will lead a bhajan with guitar and the audience will chant after him. According to Dharshini Balasubramaniyan, President of Utsav organizer Indian Student […]

Dashain celebrated by Nepalese in Nevada, USA

Nepalese in Nevada (USA) celebrated Dashain festival in University of Nevada-Reno (UNR) with prayer, dances and sharing traditional food. Men, women and children of Nepalese descent filled-up the Jot Travis Auditorium where authentic Nepalese cuisine, prepared by Nepalese families of the area, was served. Many non-Nepalese also joined the celebrations, which started with Durga puja […]

Ratha Yatra in Four Cities of Florida, USA

Jagannath Ratha Yatra (Hindu Festival of Chariots) have been planned in the four cities of Florida (USA). Starting with Daytona Beach on Memorial Day May 30, this annual parade will be held on the streets of its largest city Jacksonville (June 18), Tampa (July 10), and Clearwater (August six). According to reports, these processions, featuring […]

Hindus want Diwali as holiday in West Windsor-Plainsboro School District in New Jersey, USA

Applauding nearby South Brunswick School District for declaring Diwali as a school holiday, Hindus want West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District in New Jersey (USA) also to add Diwali, the most important Hindu holy day, to the holiday calendar. According to 2011-2012 school calendar, South Brunswick School District schools will stay closed on October 26 (Wednesday) […]