In New Zealand, members of the Hindu community requested the Government to declare a public holiday for Diwali festival. Diwali is one of the most cultural festivals of the Hindu community celebrated across the world.
According to the report
, Rajan Zed, the President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that it is unfair for members of their community to be made to continue going to work or school during their most popular festival considering that other religious days like Good Friday are observed as public holidays.
According to Hindu beliefs, depending on the cycle of the moon, Diwali falls in either October or November on the 15th day of Kartik which is the holiest month in the lunar calendar. Not only Hindus, but members of other communities also celebrate the Diwali festival.
According to the 2018 census, Hindus represent 2.63% of the population of New Zealand. There are about 123,534 Hindus in New Zealand. There are Hindu temples in all major New Zealand cities.