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Diwali To Be Public School Holiday in NYC Starting Next Year

In recent times, Indian soft power has seen a big rise in the Anglosphere as well as in other global nations. With more than 6,50,000 Indo-Americans, NYC has the most prominent Indian Diaspora in the world.

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Diwali NYC Holiday

Diwali is one of the most revered festivals of the Indic faith. It will be an official public holiday for Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs in New York City schools beginning in 2023.

The petition ‘Diwali ki Chhutti’ (A Holiday for Diwali) by RN Mittal was initiated as an official holiday for NYC schools. The petition, addressed to New York City Mayor Eric Adams, had over 5,000 signatories.

NYC Diwali holiday petition

Jennifer Rajkumar, an Indo-American NYC Council member, introduced the bill to be passed in the state legislature to make Diwali a public holiday in New York schools. Jennifer extolled the auspicious Hindu festival and assured Hindu Americans that their time has come.

She ended the speculation on whether the NYC school’s calendar holiday has enough room by ensuring that her legislation makes the room.

The NYC Schools Chancellor, David Banks, hailed Diwali as the festival of light over darkness. He marked the Diwali holiday as a perfect and more significant substitute for Brooklyn Queens Day.

In his public address, Mayor Eric Adams marked the inclusiveness of the city as foremost, and now it is the perfect opportunity to say it in a loud way.

NYC David Banks

Mohammad Q. Amin, Director of the Caribbean Equality Project, described it as both a celebration and frustration. Celebration because the long-proposed holiday for the fest has been given the green light for next year. Frustration because public schools were in session for 2022.

Mohammad Q Amin  Caribbean project

“First New York, then other cities”, says the local resident, Neera Vij, amongst the thousands of Indians who are happy with Diwali being declared a public holiday in New York schools.

In recent times, Indian soft power has seen a big rise in the Anglosphere as well as in other global nations. With more than 6,50,000 Indo-Americans, NYC has the most prominent Indian Diaspora in the world.

NYC Indian diaspora
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