Other Holidays to Consider

As students already know, Westchester Community College is closed for Christian holidays. But what about the Jewish holidays? Hindu holidays? The college campus hasn’t closed for the Jewish holidays and the holidays of any other religions besides Christianity. Not giving students time off for other holidays besides New Year’s, Christmas, and Easter, is a little bit discriminating and not considerate of other religious traditions. Jewish holidays are an extremely important time for Jews to celebrate the freedom they had earned after being enslaved by many empires for so long.

The college didn’t close for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish Year. It ran from September 9 to September 11. The number of Orthodox Jews who are religious has remained the same for the past sixteen years. Nevertheless, the demographics have nothing to do with the amount of people in WCC who need to have a break to celebrate a religious holiday.

Religion is not just about faith, it is also a practice. College should not interfere with how a student practices their faith. Westchester Community College should think of the bigger picture and the entirety of the student body. Only closing for one religion almost essentially discriminates against other religions simply because Christians make up the majority in the school.

Students who don’t practice Christianity, are missing out on family occasions and traditions. People who aren’t religious are in luck for not having to deal with the pressures of these holidays. The lesser known holidays of Hinduism and Buddhism aren’t recognized by the majority of the school population, and to acknowledge all holidays would be a bit of a stretch. Jewish people have a holiday almost everyday, but the major holidays, such as Hanukkah, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, should be considered by colleges and high schools as well.

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