- New York City Mayor Eric Adams, state assembly member Jenifer Rajkumar and Department of Education Chancellor David Banks announced on Thursday that major religious festival Diwali will replace the holiday Anniversary Day, also known as Brooklyn-Queens Day.
- The multi-day festival of lights, which is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists, will most likely be recognized as a public school holiday in 2023.
- “We are going to encourage children to learn about what is Diwali,” Adams said. “We’re going to have them start talking about what it is to celebrate the festival of lights and how do you turn the light on within yourself."
- “The time has come to recognize over 200,000 New Yorkers of the Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain faiths who celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights,” Rajkumar, who introduced legislation to swap out Anniversary Day for Diwali, said.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams recently announced plans to make Diwali a public school holiday starting in 2023.
Adams, alongside state assembly member Jenifer Rajkumar and Department of Education Chancellor David Banks, made the announcement during a press conference on Thursday.
- A shirtless man in India was captured on surveillance camera praying to a Hindu goddess before stealing the temple’s donation box in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.
- The surveillance footage went viral on social media, with many users sympathizing with the man who they believe may be in great need.
- He reportedly stole three donation boxes and two big bells among other items that either belonged to the temple or were given to the goddess as an offering.
- The Madhotal police station officers are currently searching for the thief with the help of the surveillance footage.
A man in India was captured on surveillance camera praying to a Hindu goddess before stealing the temple’s donation box.
In Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, a shirtless man with a face covering can be seen in surveillance footage entering a temple’s inner sanctum and praying to the Hindu goddess Lakshmi before stealing the donation box.
Transgender activist attacked in San Francisco robbery attempt says she was targeted for being Hindu
- Anjali Rimi, president and chief executive officer of Parivar Bay Area, a San Francisco-based nonprofit supporting queer and trans South Asians, fell victim to an attempted robbery on Saturday night.
- Rimi was crossing a street with a friend — another trans South Asian woman — when a motorcycle “suddenly revved up” and “came at us,” she told SFGate.
- The 43-year-old sustained a hand injury in the incident, which she believes was a targeted crime because she is Hindu and was wearing a sari at the time.
- San Francisco police, however, said they found “no indication that this was a prejudice-based incident.”
A trans Indian woman believes she was targeted for wearing a sari in an alleged attempted robbery in downtown San Francisco on Saturday night.
Anjali Rimi, president and chief executive officer of Parivar Bay Area — a local nonprofit supporting queer and trans South Asians — sustained a hand injury in the incident which involved a speeding motorcycle.
‘Who can love you more than yourself?’: Indian woman plans to marry herself in sologamy wedding ceremony
- An Indian woman is holding a traditional Hindu wedding on June 11, but will marry herself in what may be India’s first case of sologamy.
- The woman believes that by marrying herself, she can focus on “self-love” and commit to a healthy lifestyle that leads to happiness and livelihood.
- The woman said her parents approved of the ceremony as long as she is happy.
- News of the woman’s sologamy ceremony sparked a debate on social media where some called her an inspiration while others described her as “narcissistic.”
In what may be India’s first case of a sologamy ceremony, an Indian woman is choosing to marry herself during a traditional Hindu wedding on June 11.
Kshama Bindu, a 24-year-old sociology student and blogger, will be holding her wedding in a temple in Vadodara, India, where she plans to marry herself.
Social media users from around the world are celebrating the union of two Indian grooms who tied the knot in a traditional Hindu ceremony earlier this month.View this post on Instagram
Community members of all faiths in Louisville, Kentucky, joined hands to “paint away the hate” at a vandalized Swaminarayan Temple and showed support for the Hindu community.
The incident occurred after the service on January 27, when a 17-year-old boy spray-painted “messages of hate” across the walls of the Swaminarayan Temple on Bardstown Road, Mayor Greg Fischer said, according to WLKY.
Hindu nationalists have boycotted Amazon after the company signed up an Indian actress who spoke up against child rape.
On April 13, Swara Bhasker called justice for Asifa Bano, the 8-year-old girl gang-raped and murdered in northern India earlier this month.
The latest case, involving an 8-year-old Muslim girl who was gang raped by a group of 8 Hindu men in the Kashmir state, sparked national outrage, pressuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take drastic action in passing the new measure, according to AFP (via AsiaOne).