University Academy Keighley (UAK) in Utley (England) recently held a special day to learn Hinduism, complete with folk dancing.
A practicing Hindu dressed in traditional clothing explained about Hinduism and its deities. Students were also involved in dressing up in traditional Hindu clothing and taking part in dances and traditional greetings to show respect for each other. A question-answer session was also held for better understanding of Hinduism, reports suggest.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, described it as a step in the positive direction. He stressed the need of organizing Hinduism Day in all the secondary schools of United Kingdom (UK) where children could learn about basic concepts, symbols, art, music and traditions of Hinduism.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that awareness about other religions thus created by organizing such days would make the UK pupils well-nurtured, well-balanced, and enlightened citizens of tomorrow. It also made a good business sense to know the beliefs of “others” in a global community. Moreover, students should have knowledge of the entire society to become full participants in the society.
Rajan Zed urged the school authorities to declare Diwali as a school holiday.
UAK, which aims to “promote the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of all students”, is a mixed secondary school sponsored by University of Bradford and City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Nadira Mirza is the Chair of Governors, while Bernie Addison is the Interim Principal.