A committee on the New York City Council this week will discuss a resolution calling on the New York City Department of Education to make Diwali, the Festival of Lights on the Hindu calendar, an official school holiday.
A majority of Indian Americans in the United States, 51 percent, … Read more
By Louis Chan
AsAmNews National Correspondent
President Obama on Sunday became the first president ever to light a diya in the Oval Office.
The President joined Indian American staff members in the White House for a small celebration.
“I wish you and your loved ones peace and happiness on this Diwali,” said the President in … Read more
One of the largest concentrations of Indian Americans in the country is in California’s Silicon Valley.
The high tech industry is the Asian Indian version of the gold rush to the Chinese immigrants.
Thousands attended celebrations recently marking the Festival of Lights or Diwali, reported India West.
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The stamp is the result of 7 years of lobbying, reports New Indian Express.
“This has been a long and arduous process but this act by the … Read more
Hindus are celebrating the addition of the festival Diwali as a school holiday in the Howard County Public School system in Maryland.
The School Board voted unanimously to add the festival to its 2016-2017 holiday calendar.
“Awareness about other religions thus created by such holidays like Diwali would make … Read more
By Sid Sharma
The Cynical Desi
I don’t think I ever needed a real excuse to set off firecrackers. All this talk about Diwali and philosophical discussions of good triumphing over evil sounded like a needless waste of time. Lighting a fuse and running away before the big boom is a rare thrill that … Read more
Four people have been arrested in a series of home invasion robberies hitting South Asian American families in New Jersey and four other states, reports the NY Times.
The four suspects from Texas are also believed to have robbed families in New York, Michigan, Georgia and Texas.
The arrests were made in Texas and … Read more
Investigators in Middlesex County in New Jersey are searching for three masked men suspected in a series of home invasions targeting Indian American families celebrating Diwali, reports India TV.
“They just came into the house, tied us up,” said Rajesh Singh to WPIX-TV. “[They] took about everything. Took away whatever we had.”
The … Read more
Diwali this year actually falls on Thursday, but today is Little Diwali or Choti.
The Wall Street Journal listed the 5 things we all need to know about Diwali.
The New York Assembly has passed a bill making the Lunar New Year a school holiday in districts where a large number of students would otherwise be absent anyways, reports the Legislative Gazzette.