The Deputy Commissioner at the New York City Mayor’s office, Dilip Chauhan, expressed admiration for the historic decision to observe Diwali as a public school holiday for the first time. He praised the Indian diaspora and the Indian-American community for their dedicated advocacy that led to this significant development. Chauhan emphasized the importance of this decision, stating that “Diwali means the festival of light over darkness” and celebrated the initiative’s success.
Mayor Eric Adams had previously announced that Diwali, the festival of lights, is set to become a school holiday in New York City after state lawmakers designated it as a holiday in the largest school system in the US. Thousands of New Yorkers celebrate Diwali each year to commemorate the victory of light over darkness. The Mayor described the moment as a significant win for local families.
Chauhan also extended his Diwali greetings, expressing his happiness to be part of the initiative. He highlighted the significance of the festival and its meaning of light prevailing over darkness.