Offensive graffiti has alarmed some residents of South Ozone Park, Queens, and some believe it constitutes a hate crime.
Similar fights are going on throughout the country as parents fight to get many different cultural and religious holidays added to the school holiday list in their areas.
If convicted, 40-year-old Ray Lazier Lengend faces 25 years to life in prison.
Police have charged 40-year-old Ray Lazier Lengend of 89-04 215 St., in Queens with five counts of criminal possession of a weapon, four counts of arson and one count of arson as a hate crime.
The restaurant admitted it accidentally served the group a meat dish during an India Day celebration in 2009.