Diwali celebration in America, proposal to recognize religious importance introduced

Indian-American lawmaker Raja Krishnamurthy has introduced a resolution in the US Congress recognizing the religious and historical significance of Diwali, the festival of lights.

"For Sikhs, Jains and Hindus settled in America and around the world, Diwali is a celebration of the victory of light over darkness and the victory of good over evil," Krishnamurthy said after moving the resolution in the House of Representatives.

Recognizing the historical and religious significance of Diwali, this resolution expresses the deepest respect for Indian-Americans and the diaspora around the world on this momentous occasion, he said. Krishnamurthy said, "I am proud to present this bipartisan resolution in recognition of the immense religious, cultural and historical significance of Diwali."

He said, 'As we celebrate another Diwali during the pandemic, I hope we will see the victory of light over darkness in the world. I would like to wish a safe and happy Diwali to the families who gather to celebrate Diwali with their loved ones by lighting a lamp in their respective homes and praying for good health and peace to all.' MP Carolyn B. Maloney tweeted, 'Happy 5th anniversary of Diwali stamp.'

Meanwhile, the Indian-American community in New York celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights, with great fervor. The Uttar Pradesh Association of North America organized the Diwali Festival. Special celebrations were held at various places including New Jersey. In New York, Council General of India Randhir Jaiswal said that the festival of Diwali is celebrated with enthusiasm all over America. He extended his best wishes to the people of India and especially to the people of Uttar Pradesh, Ayodhya, the city of Ram, on this occasion.