Indians are the largest South Asian group here, comprising 2.4 per cent of the city’s population of more than 8 million people.
The New York City metropolitan area is home to nearly 600,000 Indian-Americans, with a majority of residents concentrated in Queens neighborhoods such as Jackson Heights, Flushing, Glen Oaks, Floral Park, Bellerose, Jamaica, Kew Gardens, and Elmhurst. The ethnic community has long been demanding that the city’s schools should be closed on Diwali.
A representative of the Association of Indians in America, Shashi Shah told the New York Daily News that the community is disappointed that Diwali is not a school holiday in the city. Shah appealed to the Mayor to recognize the Hindu holiday, saying “we are disappointed. We have been trying for a long time... It’s very important for the community.”
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg too had opposed a school holiday on Diwali saying kids should not miss more school. (PTI)