PublicHoliday on Hindus special two religious occasions in a year:Diwali&Dussera

This will give an opportunity for Hindu families to get together and share happiness with other religious communities. It is very important for Hindus to celebrate Diwali and also Diwali — Festival of Lights is a major holiday that is also celebrated by Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs.

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Created: 10 Jun 2018, 12:19 p.m.
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Hinduism in England is the third largest religion in the country, with over 806,000 followers as of the 2011 Census. This represents over 1.5% of the English population, up from 1.1% the previous decade. Hindus are predominantly in the cities of London and Leicester, where they make up greater proportions of the population(Hindu Enclaves, also known as Hindu Hotspots).
Hindus don't get a lawful Public Holiday on their two special religious occasions in a year 1. Diwali and 2. Dussera

Government Response

The Government has no plans to create a public holiday to commemorate religious festivals such as Diwali. The costs are considerable. The cost of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee holiday was around £1.2bn.

The Government is committed to bringing people together in strong, united communities. We encourage and support people to have shared aspirations, values and experiences. Festivals such as Diwali and Dussehra contribute towards this objective. We regret however that we cannot agree to create new bank or public holiday to mark these festivals.

The Government regularly receives requests for additional bank and public holidays to celebrate a variety of occasions including religious festivals. However the current pattern is well established and accepted.

Whilst an additional bank holiday may benefit some communities and sectors, the cost to the economy of an additional bank holiday remains considerable. The most recent estimate following an impact assessment for the additional holiday for the Diamond Jubilee is that a bank holiday (across the UK as a whole) costs employers around £1.2bn.

Workers in the UK are entitled to 28 days holiday each year. Employers are under no legal obligation to grant a religious-based request for time off. However Government's policy is to encourage employers to respond flexibly and sympathetically to any requests for leave, including requests for religious holidays, bearing in mind business needs. ACAS provides detailed guidance for employers about religious festivals and holy days on its website.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Top 10 Constituency Signatories to the Petition

Constituency Signatures % of Total Signatures MP Party-Constituency
735 6.20% Claudia Webbe Labour
Leicester East
701 5.91% Barry Gardiner Labour
Brent North
658 5.55% Bob Blackman Conservative
Harrow East
381 3.21% Gareth Thomas Labour (Co-op)
Harrow West
292 2.46% Sam Tarry Labour
Ilford South
245 2.07% Wes Streeting Labour
Ilford North
210 1.77% Stephen Timms Labour
East Ham
205 1.73% David Simmonds Conservative
Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner
193 1.63% Dawn Butler Labour
Brent Central
169 1.43% Seema Malhotra Labour (Co-op)
Feltham and Heston
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MPs spoken contributions during 29 Oct 2018 petition debate

Conservative Kelly Tolhurst (View contribution) 2511 words Bob Blackman (View contribution) 1684 words Mrs Anne Main 114 words
Democratic Unionist Party Jim Shannon (View contribution) 246 words
Scottish National Party Martyn Day (View contribution) 3692 words