Source:Government of Sint Maarten (Great Bay)
Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Speaking from his base in Nevada, the President of Universal Society of Hinduism, Rajan Zed, has called on Sint Maarten Prime Minister, Silveria E. Jacobs, and Sint Maarten Governor, Eugene Bernard Holiday (yes, that's his name), to revisit the list of annual public holidays in Sint Maarten and replace one of the existing public holidays with Diwali ("it is not fair with the SXM Hindu community as they had to be at work/school on their most popular festival while there were public holidays on other religious days").
The current list of Sint Maarten public holidays (2019-01-26), is based on the National Ordinance regulating Work, Working Hours and Overtime (Arbeidsregeling), and was last amended to include the, July 1st, Emancipation Day non-working public holiday (2012-06-06 and 2012-06-29), the King's Birthday on April 27 (2013-01-30), and the recently added Sint Maarten Constitution Day public holiday (2015-11-01).
Recently (2020-11-11), the South African Hindu Dharma Sabha, and the South African Hindu Youth Movement, similarly wrote to the president of South Africa, the minister of Home Affairs and the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities, to request that Deepavali be included in the list of annual public holidays in South Africa, via an amendment to the Public Holidays Act 36 of 1994.
Links and References
Below are links to the news stories referred to in the above "Sint Maarten Calls For Diwali Public Holiday" news story, as well as links to subsequents news stories which refer to the present news story.