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Latter to Mayer on Diwali Holiday

 Be a part of change Diwali should be a public Holiday for all . Please support!!

New York, NY (February 21, 2014) –  A coalition of almost 40 New York City organizations and temples urged Mayor Bill de Blasio to include Diwali alongside the new proposed public school holidays for Eid and Lunar New Year.  The Diwali Coalition of NYC’s letter, sent to the mayor earlier this week, highlighted the importance of Diwali for the city’s Hindu, Jain, and Sikh communities and asked the mayor to take into consideration the significant number of the city’s public school children who celebrate this festival.


“Diwali is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in our community,” said Diwali Coalition of NYC member, Dr. Uma Mysorekar, President of the renown Ganesh temple in Flushing, Queens. “For Hindus, Diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil and is a time for families to come together to pray for the well-being of all.  We hope the Mayor will take our community’s request to heart and include Diwali among the new public school holidays.”


Congressman Joe Crowley (NY-14), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, along with Reps. Charles Rangel (NY-13), Grace Meng (NY-6), Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Yvette Clarke (NY-9), and Gregory Meeks (NY-5) have also come out in support of the inclusion of Diwali.  In a letter to Carmen Farina, Chancellor of Education, spearheaded by Crowley, they noted the “increased recognition” Diwali has gained on the national stage.  Crowley and other members hosted the first-ever Congressional Diwali celebration in 2013, and the White House has recognized Diwali under successive administrations.


Both letters also drew attention to the huge number of temples and gurdwaras in the five boroughs as well as the plethora of Diwali celebrations in the city that draw thousands each year.  The Diwali Coalition of NYC also noted that  last year the City Council of New York urged the Department of Education to “establish Diwali as an official school holiday for NYC public students” (Res. 1863-2013).


Organizations forming the Diwali coalition range the full spectrum, from national groups such as the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) and Sikh Coalition to local faith-based organizations like Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus and Judson Memorial Church to interfaith organizations such as the Interfaith Center of New York.  The letter and full roster of the Diwali Coalition of NYC’s members can be found by clicking here.

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