The United States is a diverse country with a diverse population, New York is a prime example. New York is home to about 600,000 South Asian Americans, giving it the nation's second-largest South Asian population, after only California. The New York City metropolitan area, in particular, has the country's largest Indian American population.
Diwali will be observed this year on Sunday, November 12, therefore it will be a day off from school for the first time in 2024.
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights observed by other Indian religions. It represents the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance".
According to The Hindu, Jenifer Rajkumar, the first Indian-American woman elected to a New York State office, said the South Asian and Indo-Caribbean communities have been fighting for this moment for over two decades.
"Today, the Mayor and I are proud to stand before the entire world and declare that Diwali will be a school holiday in New York City from now on and forever." Ms Rajkumar stated that the Deepavali holiday will be made legal.
Festivals are a fundamental part of Indian culture, serving as a platform for expressing our ideals and emotions. While each community has its festivals and holidays, all faith groups are welcome to join the festivities.
This news has moved Indians all across the world. Diwali is a festival that brings people together, but it also makes many Indians homesick. If children are given holidays during this homesick period, they will have more time to spend with family and celebrate this auspicious occasion.
Festivals are an excellent method to learn about one's culture. During festivals and celebrations, a youngster might learn more about their culture and country. This informs kids about their global roots and instils pride in their country and culture. Diwali is the biggest festival in India.
Diwali has a special meaning for me because, like many other Indians, it is the time of year when I miss home the most. I enjoy spending time with my family and celebrating the festivities to the greatest. It's a joyous time that makes me count my blessings.
As reported in National Geographic, Observed by more than a billion people across faiths, this five-day festival of lights brings prayer, feasts, fireworks, and, for some, a new year. Diwali is India's most important festival of the year—a time to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil.
This holiday means a lot more to children and parents than any other ordinary holiday. It is an opportunity for pupils to learn more about their culture, to celebrate it, and for their parents to do the same.
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