- 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.
October 5 marks the beginning of Pchum Ben, a 15-day religious festival in Cambodia during which Buddhists commemorate seven generations of deceased ancestors.
About the festival: The Pchum Ben Festival, also known as Cambodia’s “Festival for the Dead,” is the second biggest festival for Cambodians after the Khmer New Year. The festival will be celebrated this week from Oct. 5 to 7, reported Khmer Times.
Today, on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, many East and Southeast Asian families are gathering for a millennia-old holiday celebrating the harvest season. In Korea, festivities for Chuseok, or Korean Thanksgiving, began yesterday. In China, lanterns have lit up the skies for the Mid-Autumn Festival, or the Mooncake Festival. Both have their own unique set of traditions that are observed today that trace back as early as the first century.
While similar in the sense that these holidays bring families together and celebrate love, good fortune and gratitude, a deeper dive into their origins reveal individual tales of heroism and mysterious events that highlight the countries’ rich histories.
What started as a Irish religious holiday in 1631 is now a reason for celebration in various parts of Asia.
Due in part to the spread of Irish expatriates, St. Patrick’s Day is now recognized around the world in Singapore, South Korea, India, China, Japan and Malaysia.
“A Sugar & Spice Holiday,” a movie that centers on a Chinese American family, was greenlit from the American cable channel Lifetime.
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Here also are some crowd-pleasers that even the strictest of Asian parents would like!
Help your friends and family show off their unique personalities with clever and cute AirPod cases.
The hottest tech accessory used to be gachapon Winnie the Pooh keychains in costumes. Although gacahpon never goes out of style, the thing to do in 2020 is to dress up those bland white AirPods cases!
Fun fact: Thanksgiving Day was previously celebrated in the Philippines.
The idea of the Philippines commemorating a controversial feast between the Pilgrims and Native Americans in 1621 may seem slightly bizarre, but it starts to make sense when one remembers that the Southeast Asian nation used to be a U.S. colony.
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Star Awkwafina Honors Great-Grandfather in Heartfelt Thanksgiving Instagram Post
Nora Lum, also known as Awkwafina, shared a heartfelt message on her Instagram account during Thanksgiving in honor of her great-grandfather.
The “Crazy Rich Asians” star shared a picture of a menu card she found at her family’s old restaurant, which was founded by her great-grandfather, Jimmy Lum, who lived through the Chinese Exclusion Act.
A special force of robot police was deployed in Beijing to assist human officers and ensure public safety during the National Holiday Week in China.
The robots, which stood slightly shorter than most adults, were equipped with a camera, speakers, warning lights, and wheels that allowed them to “walk” around.
A 1 yuan ($0.15) lunch project at a tourist spot in Luoyang, Henan province, China went better than expected after it earned more money than the number of people it served.
During the Golden Week holiday in China, the Laojun Mountain National Geological Park decided to offer meals to tourists that consist of a noodle soup, a steamed bun, and a sausage all for the price of 1 yuan, according to The Paper as translated by Shanghaiist.
Massive throngs of tourists who are on break for the Golden Week holiday in China have been flocking to the Great Wall of China and other local hotspots since Monday.
The week-long public holiday kicked off on October 1 with 145,000 people attending a special flag-raising ceremony at Tian’anmen Square. The celebration marked the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.