Adams, along with New York Assembly member Jennifer Rajkumar and New York City School Chancellor David Banks, said Thursday that they “know a lot” about Diwali during a series of campaigns on how to better run the state and Also know what is the meaning of this festival. He said that by declaring Diwali as a holiday in New York schools, “we want to send a clear message to the countless people who understand the importance of this celebration.”
India’s Consul General in New York, Randhir Jaiswal, thanked Adams for declaring Diwali a public holiday in schools. “It was a long-standing demand of the Indian-American community. This verdict is a symbol of diversity and pluralism in New York City. Rajkumar said that people used to say that there is not enough room in the New York City school calendar for the Diwali school holiday. This week, Rajkumar introduced a bill in the state capital that also places Diwali in the school calendar.