New York: New York City Mayor Eric Leroy Adams has said that at a time when communities are plagued by the menace of hate and crimes, people must come forward and act as beacons of light to make this world a better place to live.
He was addressing a Diwali function, held at his official residence Gracie Mansion, where a large number of the South Asian community people participated.
The Hindu community around the world is celebrating the religious festival of Diwali with enthusiasm.
Diwali festival is known as the festival of lights and its traditional colors can be seen in the US as well.
Eric Adams greeted a large gathering of leading members of the Indian-American, South Asian, and other communities at the Diwali event.
Speaking at the event, Mayor Eric Adams said, “It’s time for us to sit down and talk, to push back hate crimes against Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, Sikhs and all other groups that live in this city.”
Diwali is especially worshiped to ‘Lakshmi’ who is considered as the goddess of auspiciousness, according to Hindu belief.
The festival celebrates the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil. Mayor Eric Adams also attended the Diwali Puja.
South Asian community including Muslim police officers participated in Diwali ceremony in large numbers.