Now A Federal Holiday New Yorkers Celebrate Diwali

New York City, USA – Over the past weekend, the iconic Pierre Hotel on 5th Avenue lit up with the spirit of Diwali as Falguni Shane Peacock, Anjula Acharia, and co-hosts presented the second edition of the “All That Glitters Diwali Ball.”

The “All That Glitters Diwali Ball” was a star-studded event attended by luminaries from various walks of life. Co-hosted by Falguni Shane Peacock, Anjula Acharia, Anita Chatterjee, and graced by renowned figures like Prabal Gurung, Huma Abedin, and Sarita Choudhury, the event showcased a fusion of cultures and an extravagant display of fashion. The theme for the evening, “Modern Raja and Rani,” inspired regal attire, with most guests dressed by Falguni Shane Peacock.



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The evening began with a stunning Diwali-themed decor, produced by Exquisite Events, featuring intricate murals and a breathtaking arrangement of white hydrangeas and cherry blossoms. Guests were treated to a captivating performance by the dancers of AATMA Performing Arts.



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Actor Sarita Choudhury delivered an inspiring address, emphasizing the significance of Diwali as a festival of faith and nonviolence. Anjula Acharia announced that an impressive $25,000 was raised and donated to “Doctors Without Borders.”



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Earlier last year, Mayor Eric Adams introduced legislation that made Diwali the 12th federally recognized holiday in the United States and a public school holiday in New York City. This historic decision reflects the city’s commitment to multiculturalism and the recognition of Diwali’s importance for various communities, including South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Indo-Caribbean populations, along with Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains.

New York’s diverse population, with over 200,000 Diwali celebrants, underscores the city’s rich cultural tapestry. Rep. Grace Meng, who proposed the Diwali Day Act, expressed her delight at this momentous decision, emphasizing the need to provide children who celebrate Diwali with the opportunity to observe this important day with loved ones and without missing school. The move highlights the city’s embrace of diversity and the rich tapestry of cultures that make up the city’s vibrant identity.

New York City’s recent initiatives signify its commitment to inclusivity and multiculturalism, ensuring that the Festival of Lights, whether celebrated in opulent fashion at the Pierre Hotel or observed by students in public schools, is a vibrant part of the city’s cultural mosaic.


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