Scores of Indian Americans crowd Albany legislature to lobby for Diwali in public schools

New York State Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar leads scores of Indian Americans to Albany to voice demand for Diwali as school holiday. Photo: Twitter @JeniferRajkumar

New York State Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar led a delegation of scores of Indian-Americans to Albany Feb. 9, 2023. The large crowd trouped through the halls of the State Capitol to voice their demand for Diwali to be declared as a public School holiday in New York City.

The campaign for Diwali as a public school holiday has been ongoing for many years around the country especially where Indian-origin residents are in significant numbers.

The Mayor of New York City Eric Adams has also expressed his support for such a measure.

Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar, State Senator Kevin Thomas at the rally Feb. 9, 2023,, in Albany to call for Diwali public school holiday in NYC. Photo Twitter @JeniferRajkumar

Rajkumar posted a video of the procession as it made its way inside the legislature, describing it as “HISTORY in the making!! Watch me & hundreds of South Asians ascend the Capitol steps and declare support for Diwali to be a School Holiday once and for all in the City of New York. After over 20 years of advocacy, the time is now for this community. 2023 must be the year!”



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