Tuesday 28th March 2017,

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New York City Debates Making Diwali a School Holiday

posted by Len Patel

Diwali StampBy Len Patel
AsAmNews Staff Reporter

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

Indian American/ South Asian American

President Obama Becomes First President to Light Diya for Diwali

posted by Randall

President Obama celebrates Diwali by lighting diya

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

Indian American/ South Asian American

India West: Diwali Celebration Attracts Thousands

posted by Randall
Diwali celebration in Cupertino, CA (file photo)

Diwali celebration in Cupertino, CA (file photo)

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.

The … Read more

Indian American/ South Asian American

Indian Express: Postal Service to Issue Diwali Stamp

posted by Randall

Diwali StampSignaling greater acceptance of Indian Americans into the mainstream, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a stamp commemorating the Hindu festival of Diwali or Festival of Lights.

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

Campus

School District in Maryland Adds Diwali as Holiday

posted by Randall

DiwaliBy Louis Chan
AsAmNews National Correspondent

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

Cynical Desi

The Cynical Desi: A Personal take on Diwali

posted by Randall

Diwali

By Sid Sharma
The Cynical Desi
@SidSharma

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

Indian American/ South Asian American

NY Times: Four Arrested in Home Invasion Robbery Spree Targeting South Asian Americans

posted by Randall

Home InvasionFour 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

Community Issues

India TV: Home Invaders Targeting Indian Americans Celebrating Diwali

posted by Randall

Home InvasionInvestigators 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

Community

Wall Street Journal: 5 Things to know about Diwali

posted by Randall

DiwaliToday marks the start of the Diwali Festival which marks the new year in the Indian American community.

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.

  1. Diwali means “row of lamps” in Sanskrit and
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Chinese American

Legislative Gazette: Bill to make Lunar New Year a school holiday passes first big test

posted by Randall

Lunar New YearThe 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.

The bill applies to any religious observance or other holidays such as Diwali, the Festival of Lights, but Lunar New Read more

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