Tuesday 28th March 2017,

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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

Cynical Desi

The Cynical Desi: A Personal take on Diwali

posted by Randall


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

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


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

Community Issues

Outlook India: Michelle Obama to Host #Diwali Celebration at White House

posted by Randall

Michelle ObamaFirst lady Michelle Obama will host this year’s Diwali celebration at the White House on November 5, reports Outlook India.

Prominent Indian Americans will be invited along with lawmakers and senior White House officials.

President Obama this week issued his proclamation commemorating the Festival of Lights.

“The flame of the diya, or lamp, reminds … Read more


IANS: Diwali Celebrated for First Time on Capitol Hill

posted by Randall

DiwaliMembers of Congress gathered Tuesday night to mark the festival of lights and to celebrate the strong ties between the United States and India, reports IANS.

It was the first such celebration of Diwali on Capitol Hill ever.

“Our historic, first-ever Congressional Diwali reception will serve to increase awareness about Diwali and highlight its positive, … Read more


India Tribune: First Diwali Celebration in Capitol Scheduled

posted by Randall

DiwaliIn another sign of the growing influence of the South Asian American community, Congress will hold its first ever celebration of Diwali in the Capitol, reports the India Tribune

Congressman Joe Crowley (D-New York) , co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans,  sent out the invitation to this colleagues.

“The festival is … Read more

Community Issues

Times of India: Lawmakers Push for Postage Stamp Commemorating Diwali

posted by Len Patel

DiwaliRep. Ami Bera (D-CA), the only Indian American currently in Congress and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu American in Congress (D-HI) are urging the U.S. Postal Service to issue a stamp commemorating Diwali, the Festival of Lights.

The Times of India reports they are being joined by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY),

“The fight to … Read more


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