Governor signs legislation making Diwali a public school holiday for New York City students

Two Queens lawmakers stood alongside Governor Kathy Hochul as she signed their bills into law on Nov. 14, making Diwali a school holiday for New York City public schools.

Legislation S7574/A7769 amends the education law and requires that all public schools in the five boroughs be closed on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Indian calendar in each year, so students who practice the Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist faiths can celebrate Diwali, known around the world as the Festival of Lights.