Today/Tomorrow (depending on your time zone) is Deepavali, the Hindu festival of lights. In Singapore, it is a public holiday in which case companies are generally required to give everyone a day off either tomorrow, or if unavoidable one day off-in-lieu. Of course in the US, the only religious occasions which the government requires businesses to give holidays for are Christian ones. i.e. Christmas, Good Friday and Easter. Doesn’t this violate church state separation? Would a policy where the other major religious groups’ had an equal number of public holidays so that the adherents could celebrate as well be an acceptable second best policy? Or is the only acceptable 1st amendment-compliant option to have only secular public holidays like Independence Day, or Republic day or Thanksgiving?