State passes Queens lawmaker’s bill to designate Diwali as a New York City public school holiday


The state legislature on June 11 passed a bill to designate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, as a New York City public school holiday.

Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar, who introduced the bill, A.7769, said it was the “final victory” in a fight spanning over two decades for Diwali, one of the holiest days of the year for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, to become a school holiday.