Nevada/Sydney, June 23 (IBNS) Australia Census 2011 has revealed that Hinduism is the fastest growing religion in the country and a US Hindu group is now asking for Diwali holiday in the country.
According to a Australian Bureau of Statistics media release, Hinduism had experienced the fastest growth since 2006, increasing from 148,130 to 275,534. This Census has also showed that more Australians than ever were identifying as having no religious affiliation.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) urged governments of Australia and its various states and territories to add “Diwali” on the list of their restricted holidays honoring the feelings of Hindu workers in Australia who would like to be home on Diwali to celebrate the festival with their families, friends, and the community.
"Were not workers of all the religions had same rights in Australia?" Zed asked.
The 2011 census data highlighted diversity in Australia’s cultural landscape.
Australia has no official state religion and people are free to practice any religion they choose.
Australians are also free not to have a religion.
Religious freedom is safeguarded by section 116 of the Australian Constitution.