Holidays are always a fun thing. So, why not get more holidays in Michigan? As it turns out, a handful of legislators are trying to get five new holidays added to the Michigan calendar.
Three legislators have introduced some bills that would officially make five new holidays official, state-recognized holidays in Michigan. If passed, this will definitely beef up our holiday calendar in the state.
The holidays the legislators are purposing to have added to Michigan’s list of state-recognized holidays are Diwali, Vaisakhi, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha and Lunar New Year.
“These bills embrace the diverse fabric of our state by recognizing various religious and cultural holidays,” Majority Floor Leader Abraham Aiyash said in a statement regarding the bills. “Making these holidays official state holidays will let Michigan’s many communities know that they have a place in our great state and deserve to celebrate their joyous occasions like everyone else.”
“Celebrating our cultural diversity is a cornerstone of a vibrant and inclusive society. By recognizing these holidays, we are not only showing our respect and appreciation for the traditions and beliefs of our fellow Michiganders, but we are also sending a powerful message of inclusion and unity,” Puri said in a statement. “Together, we can create a Michigan that is truly welcoming and accepting of all people, regardless of their background or beliefs. Let’s celebrate these holidays with joy and gratitude, and let’s show the world what it truly means to be a Michigander.” Time will tell if these holidays pass the legislatures and become official Michigan holidays. We’ll keep you posted. For now, find Michigan’s official calendar of state-recognized holidays here. The state currently has 12 state-recognized holidays, so this would add a lot more.