diwali w2023 is a school vacation for all public schools in New York City.
Mayor Eric Adams, School Chancellor David Banks and State Representative Jenifer Rajkumar held a press conference on Thursday to announce the new school holidays, which will be recognized by Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. According to Rajkumar, there are over 200,000 New Yorkers of these faiths.
The holiday falls on the 15th day of the month of Kartika in the Hindu calendar, making Diwali fall on Sunday 12th November 2023. Dubbed the “Festival of Lights,” the holiday commemorates the return of Lord Rama after defeating the demon king Ravana. It will replace the anniversary, also known as Brooklyn Queens Day, which fell on June 1 to ensure schools continue to have 180 days of instruction as required by the state. The anniversary day celebrated the day the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens were incorporated into the boundaries of New York City.
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“This is an educational moment because if we recognize Diwali, we will encourage children to learn about Diwali,” Adams said at the conference. “We’re going to get them talking about what it means to celebrate the Festival of Lights and how to turn on the light within yourself.”
During his election campaign, Adams promised to recognize Diwali as a school holiday.