A group of Asian-Indian parents is asking the Millburn school district to add the Hindu holiday of Diwali to its calendar of days off.
Earlier this year Short Hills resident Jyoti B. Sharma wrote a letter to the Star-Ledger addressing the community r equest.
The Asian student population in Millburn schools has grown 11 percent—up to 22 percent in the 2012-13 school year—over the past decade, according to New Jersey Department of Education data reported by NJ.com.
"The [Diwali] festival
celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance, although the actual legends that go with the festival are different in different parts of India," according to the BBC.