Diwali Day Act introduced in US Congress to declare festival

Washington: Congresswoman Carolyn B Maloney from New York, lawmakers on Wednesday declared that a bill has been announced in the House of Representatives to declare Diwali, the festival of lights as a federal holiday.

Maloney said at an event in the US Capitol that “I am very happy and excited to be announcing the Diwali Day Act this week along with members of the Congressional India Caucus, which will preserve Diwali into law as a federal holiday,”

This significant historic legislation is co-sponsored by a number of lawmakers together with Raj Krishnamoorthi the Indian-American Congresswoman.

Krishnamoorthi has also announced a resolution in the US congress identifying the sacred and historic consequence of Diwali.

According to Maloney this year Diwali symbolises the nation’s ongoing journey out of the darkness of Covid-19.

She said: “I am extremely proud to rejoice with you the victory of light over darkness, the triumph of good over wicked and the chase of knowledge over ignorance as we do every day. It is actually applicable that Diwali this year signifies our nation’s current voyage out of the darkness of Covid-19 and the awful things that Democrats depended on the people of our country”.

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Maloney further said: “Celebrations like Diwali express to the core of what we all wish for our country to be an encouragement of desire, remedial, learning and light for undefined times.  My colleagues, Indian-American community leaders and I trust that there is no better time to preserve Diwali as a federal holiday than in the wake of this terrible dark pandemic.

Influential Congressman Gregory Meeks, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, supported the legislation.

Meeks said that- “This is somewhat that should be shared with all of us in American society. It’s amazing because we are talking about light over darkness. And that’s what this is about!

He further said that The House Foreign Affairs Committee will be supporting this and encouraging and moving forward with this amazing bill.

Krishnamoorthi said: On this holiday of Diwali, we should say, be the light you wish to see in this world. Be the light in your community that is essential to dismiss the darkness. Be the light in this community that carries hope to the despairing. Let us be the light that assists the last, the minimum and the latest.

Krishnamoorthi added further- “That is what Diwali is everything about and that’s the reason there is a need to be a federal holiday” finally Diwali is also everything about celebrating Indian Americans.

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