Bill To Declare Diwali as a National Holiday In the US
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♦ Congresswoman Carolyn B Maloney of New York has introduced legislation to make Diwali a national holiday in the United States.
♦ The Deepavali Day Act was introduced in the House of Representatives by the member.
♦ A number of congressmen, including Indian-American Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi, support the historic measure.
♦ Meanwhile, Krishnamoorthi sponsored a resolution in the US Congress to recognize the festival of lights’ religious and historical significance.
♦ Maloney added that the festival of lights in 2021 symbolized the nation’s fight against COVID-19 and its journey out of the darkness caused by the pandemic.
♦ Congressman Gregory Meeks, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, supported the legislation