City of Laurel in Maryland has become the 13th city in USA to declare October 25 as "Rajan Zed Day" after distinguished religious statesman Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism.
Cities of Hartford (Connecticut), Taylorsville (Utah), Madera (California), Sparks (Nevada), Chowchilla (California), Sanger (California), Exeter (California), Tulare (California), Santee (California), Dos Palos (California), Reedley (California) and Frederick (Maryland) have already declared October 25 as "Rajan Zed Day". City of Reno (Nevada) has also proclaimed a day in Zed's recognition twice in the past.
Signed by Laurel Mayor Craig A. Moe, Proclamation of the City of Laurel mentions: "Rajan Zed's initiatives to bring various religious communities together throughout the world so that they can live in peace and mutual trust and enrich themselves through dialogue".
It further includes: "Rajan Zed's work to uplift about 15-million Roma (Gypsies) people of Europe who live in apartheid conditions by frequently voicing their maltreatment, issues and concerns and urging other religious leaders to do so".
"Rajan Zed's leadership responsibility leads him in his attempts to help the helpless", Proclamation adds.
Zed opened the Laurel City Council, incorporated in 1870, with its first historic Hindu prayer on June 23; reciting from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use, besides lines from Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), both ancient Hindu scriptures.
October 25 is Rajan Zed's birthday.
Zed is a global Hindu and interfaith leader, who besides taking up the cause of religion worldwide, has also raised huge voice against the apartheid faced by about 15-million Roma (Gypsies) in Europe. He is bestowed with World Interfaith Leader Award.
Frederick Smalls and Kristie Mills are Council President and City Administrator respectively of Laurel; whose tagline is "Government to the People". Prominent people associated with Laurel include President Dwight D. Eisenhower, guitarist Marty Friedman, boxer Andrew Maynard, rap artist Biz Markie, football player Visanthe Shiancoe and musician Kathleen Hanna.