New York: New York State Governor Kathy Hochul hosted New York’s first-ever gubernatorial Diwali celebration Tuesday and underlined the festival’s message of unity, light, and prosperity.
Diwali’s message of the triumph of light over darkness and peace over conflict rings especially true in today’s times of divisiveness and polarization and the festival reminds people that unity is truly the way forward, Hochul has said.
“In New York, we all know that diversity is truly our greatest strength. So having your governor celebrate with our South-Asian, Indo-Caribbean communities, our Hindu, Sikh, Jain, and Buddhist New Yorkers, it’s just long overdue. It’s about time we all came together,” Hochul said during the special Diwali event.
Hochul in her address lauded the role and contributions of the Indian-American community. Dilip Chauhan, Deputy Commissioner in New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs wished the diverse community of New York a prosperous Diwali on behalf of New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “New York City is the place where the whole world comes together,” he said.