Hindus want Diwali & Holi added to restricted trading days list in Australia NSW

Hindus have urged New South Wales (NSW) government in Australia to add “Diwali” and “Holi” on the list of restricted trading days in the new law.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Hindu workers in NSW would like to be home on these days to celebrate the festivals with their families, friends, and the community.

Currently, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Anzac Day morning, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day are on the list.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that NSW was a diverse community including Christians (various denominations), Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jews, Baha’is, Taos, Shinto, Confucians, Zoroastrians, Aboriginals, Jains, non-believers, etc., and if given a choice, all of them would like to be with their families and loved ones on their festivals and NSW government should honor their feelings. Were not workers of all the religions had same rights in NSW, Rajan Zed asked?

Australia, a culturally diverse society, has no official state religion and people are free to practice any religion they choose. Australians are also free not to have a religion. Religious freedom is safeguarded by section 116 of the Australian Constitution. Australia’s most populous state NSW is also the most eclectic and a state of great contrasts. Nathan Rees is the Premier.