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October 22, 2022

New York City declares Diwali a Public School Holiday from Next Year.

Diwali, New York City

Photo: Diyas of Diwali. Image credit: George Mathew.

Diwali, New York City

Photo: New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York City Schools Chancellor David Banks, and New York State Assembly Member Jenifer Rajkumar Announce Support for Diwali as Public-School Holiday at a Press Conference.

New York, October 22, 2022 — Diwali will be a public holiday in New York City Schools starting in 2023. New York Assembly Member Jenifer Rajkumar announced this. She said, “Today, South Asian and Indo-Caribbean families like mine all over this city have made incredible contributions. And today, I’m proud to say our time has come. The time has come to recognize over 200,000 New Yorkers of the Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, and Jain faiths who celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights. That is why today I stand with New York City Mayor Eric Adams and our school’s chancellor, David Banks, to light the way forward to make Diwali, once and for all, a school holiday in the City of New York.”

“Soon, the New York City Department of Education will be able to institute the Diwali holiday on the school calendar,” Jenifer Rajkumar added.

“Next week, we will celebrate Diwali, a celebration of good over evil, light over darkness, of the human ability to overcome, exemplified by Rama’s defeat of evil. In addition, we will celebrate the Hindu principles of interfaith, harmony, love, and tolerance for all New Yorkers. Today I am proud that New York City will soon join jurisdictions across the country and institute the Diwali school holiday. Thank you, and Happy Diwali to everyone in New York and worldwide,” Ms. Rajkumar elaborated.

New York City Schools Chancellor David Banks remarked, “There’s a reason this is the greatest city in the world because the whole world lives here, and they all go to school here. And we must honor and recognize our young people. So celebrating light, the triumph of light over darkness, is critically important.”

New York City Mayor Eric Adams concluded, “I learned so much about the Diwali holiday and the Festival of Lights. As we deal with so much darkness around us, we fail to realize the overwhelming amount of light around us. And when we take this period to acknowledge Diwali, we are acknowledging the light within us, the light that clearly can push away the darkness, which is why this is so significant.”

Source: City of New York Press Office

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