19 Hindu Festivals in Multi-Faith Calendar
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The Indian-Hindu community leaders approached the administration of Texas A&M University to include 19 Hindu festivals in its Multi-Faith Calendar. ‘The university drafted a multi-faith calendar so as to avoid any important meetings or conferences during those days.
‘This not only helps the staff who hail from different communities to work on a common date, but also ensures that the students are not deprived of any privileges because of absence during the festive days,’ said Rajan Zed.
The proposed list of 19 Hindu festivals is; Diwali, Holi, Maha Shivaratri, Sri Krishna Janmashtami, Sri Rama Navami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Hanuman Jayanthi, Navarathri, Dusshera, Onam, Pongal, Chandramana Ugadi, Raksha Bandhan, Guru Purnima, Souramana Ugadi, Makara Sankranti, Vasant Panchami, Govardhan Puja and Naga Panchami.
The appeal includes the permission for students to be absent on these festive days and the inclusion of the list in the multi-faith calendar.
Rajan Zed expressed that, ‘Hinduism is rich in culture and heritage. We celebrate many festivals throughout the year. We believe that it is our duty and responsibility to ensure our Hindus get the privilege of celebrating our festivals wherever we are on this earth.’
The Texas A&M University is a public university, and it is founded in 1876. The university is home to 68,603 students who are studying in over 400 disciplines in the 5,200-acre campus.