Post Tagged with: "Diwali"

New York State Senator Kevin Thomas speaking on the Senate floor in Albany as his fellow legislators applaud. Sen. thomas is the first and only Indian-American lawmaker in the Empire State’s history. (Photo courtesy office of Sen. Thomas via Desi Talk)

LI Senator Pushes for Religious School Holidays

Culture, Education, New York, Religion March 6, 2019 at 5:33 pm

State Sen. Kevin Thomas of Long Island introduced a bill that would establish Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Christian as school holidays in certain districts, reports Desi Talk.

South Street Seaport (Photo via The Indian Panorama)

Diwali Celebrated Across the NYC Area

Culture, Metro Area, South Asian October 20, 2017 at 4:09 pm

See how Hindus across the tri-state region marked Diwali during the month of October, in a roundup of stories from the Indian press.

(Photo via Desi Talk)

The ‘Story of Diwali,’ Broadway-style, in NJ

Culture, South Asian November 30, 2016 at 4:49 pm

The multiethnic cast of “Ramayana and the story of Diwali” performed the ancient Indian tale in Jersey City on Nov. 19 in English, which the organizer told Desi Talk was key in appealing to a universal audience.

(Photo via News India Times)

NYC Honors a Sikh Actor and Designer

Government, Immigration, South Asian October 26, 2016 at 3:32 pm

During Diwali celebrations, Mayor Bill de Blasio declared Oct. 19 to be Waris Ahluwalia Day to honor the 42-year-old actor and designer, reports News India Times.

Ranju Batra, head of the campaign for the Diwali stamp (center, left of the Air India Maharaja), with husband Ravi Batra (far right) and representatives from Air India. (Photo by Mohammed Jaffer-SnapsIndia via The Indian Panorama)

First-Ever Diwali Stamp Celebrated

New York, South Asian October 11, 2016 at 4:23 pm

At a first-day-of-issue ceremony at the Indian Consulate in New York, the Diwali stamp, in commemoration of the Hindu festival of lights, was officially unveiled, reports The Indian Panorama.

The Activist Behind the Diwali Stamp Campaign

The Activist Behind the Diwali Stamp Campaign

Culture, South Asian September 8, 2016 at 4:23 pm

After the USPS announced the release of a stamp in honor of Diwali, News India Times spoke to Ranju Batra about the Indian community’s 20-year effort for a stamp that would commemorate the Hindu festival.

(Photo via the Flickr page of the mayor's office)

NYC to Add Eid Holidays to Public School Calendar

Education, Muslim, New York March 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Community and ethnic publications cover Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement that the city will be adding Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr to the list of holidays observed by public schools.

Diwali is one of the biggest festival of Hindus. It is celebrated for five days, where the third days is celebrated as the main Diwali festival or 'Festival of lights'. (Photo by Ravikiran Rao, Creative Commons License)

Lawmakers Call for Diwali to Be a Public School Holiday in NYC

Education, In the News, New York, Religion, South Asian February 20, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Six Democratic members of the U.S. Congress ask New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña to consider declaring Diwali a public school holiday, reports News India Times.

Indians Urge Postal Service to Issue Diwali Stamp

Indians Urge Postal Service to Issue Diwali Stamp

Culture, In the News, Religion, South Asian July 19, 2013 at 12:49 am

The Indian community has filed an online petition asking the Postal Service to issue a stamp commemorating the Hindu festival of lights, reports local Indian and South Asian publications. The decision is expected on July 28.

Hindus in New York Celebrate Diwali

Hindus in New York Celebrate Diwali

Culture, Featured Posts, Queens, South Asian, Traditions November 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Hindus across the tri-state area celebrate Diwali this week, the Festival of Lights and the triumph of good over evil, for five days starting on Tuesday, November 13.

Celebrating the Dashain Festival

Nepalese community preserves culture

Culture, Featured Posts, Queens, South Asian October 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm

The small, but growing, Nepalese community in Queens celebrates festivals like Dashain to bring a sense of home to their lives.

Diwali festival celebrates non-violence

Diwali festival celebrates non-violence

Culture, In the News, Manhattan, South Asian October 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm

As thousands of Indians and non-Indians alike celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, at South Street Seaport the celebration’s auspicious date — Mahatma Ghandi’s birthday — provided the theme for the festival: “Nonviolence in Today’s World.”