Diwali gains support to become a school holiday in New York and across the U.S.
Efforts to make Diwali a New York state and federal holiday gained traction this week.
Such a change, which many of New York’s Indian Americans have hoped for, would impact school calendars every fall.
On Thursday, New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said his chamber plans to pass legislation that would make Diwali a state holiday. Also known as the “festival of lights,” Diwali is observed by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and some Buddhists as a celebration of light over darkness and good over evil.
Heastie said he expects the bill to pass before the end of the legislative session on June 8. The legislation also designates Lunar New Year as a holiday. (New York City schools already recognize Lunar New Year, though schools did not observe the holiday this year because it fell on a weekend. Absences were excused for children who celebrated on the following Monday, the education department told NY1.)
Read the full article here: https://ny.chalkbeat.org/2023/5/26/23739106/diwali-school-holiday-state-federal-nyc
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