Diwali Day Act Introduced In US Congress To Declare Diwali As Federal Holiday: Diwali Will Be A Holiday In America Too! New York MP proposes ‘Diwali Day Act’
Lawmakers from New York, led by MP Carolyn B. Maloney, announced on Wednesday that a bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives to declare Diwali, the festival of lights, a federal holiday. “I am very pleased and excited to introduce the Diwali Day Act this week along with members of the Indian Caucus, which would make Diwali a federal holiday under the law,” Maloney said at an event. Several lawmakers, including Indian-American lawmaker Raja Krishnamurthy, are involved in introducing this historic bill.
Krishnamurthy has also introduced a resolution in the US Congress recognizing the religious and historical significance of Diwali, the festival of lights. Maloney said that Diwali this year marks the progress of the country from the darkness of Kovid-19. He said, ‘I am proud to celebrate with you the victory of light over darkness, the victory of good over evil and the quest for knowledge over ignorance. In fact this year Diwali marks the continuous journey of our country to come out of the darkness of Covid.’
Expressed respect for the diaspora
Earlier, after moving the resolution in the House of Representatives, Krishnamurthy said that this resolution, which acknowledges the historical and religious significance of Diwali, expresses deep respect to the Indian American Americans and the diaspora around the world on this momentous occasion. Krishnamurthy said, “I am proud to present this resolution to recognize the immense religious, cultural and historical significance of Deepawali.”
light prevailing over darkness
He said, ‘As we celebrate another Diwali during the pandemic, I hope we will see light prevailing over darkness in the world. I would like to wish a safe and happy Diwali to the families who gather to celebrate Diwali by lighting a lamp with loved ones at their respective homes. Praying for good health and peace for all.
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