New York City council calls for Diwali school holiday
New York City Councilwoman Linda Lee has passed a resolution supporting the Diwali school holiday for students, New York state Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar said on Twitter. Linda Lee also took to her Twitter handle and announced that they have passed a "historic" resolution calling on New York City schools to declare a school holiday on Diwali.
New York City Council Member Linda Lee shared a video where she called upon the Department of Education to recognize Diwali as an official holiday for students in New York.
New York Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar tweeted, "BREAKING: People's champion @CMLindaLee passes a resolution supporting the Diwali School Holiday & speaks in support of our Diwali bill A.628."
In her remarks, Linda Lee said, "It is an honour and privilege for Council members....and I to pass a resolution today calling upon the Department of Education to recognize Diwali as an official holiday for our students. And I also want to give a heartfelt thankyou and shout out to our amazing colleagues inthis chamber who supported and co-sponsored this legislation."
Linda Lee stated declaring school holiday on Diwali will foster the understanding and respect for histories and culture. She said, "I know that the addition of the lunar New Year holiday that was fought for many years was a huge victory for the community, and it was historic. And now adding Diwali will help foster that understanding and respect for our histories and cultures."