Today, I was proud to announce the introduction of the #Diwali Day Act, my bill that would make Diwali a federal holiday. Thank you to all my government colleagues and the many advocates who joined me to express their support.https://t.co/GPrnt92jM1
— Grace Meng (@RepGraceMeng) May 26, 2023
“Today I was proud to announce the introduction of the #Diwali Day Act, my bill that would make Diwali a federal holiday. Thank you to all my government colleagues and the many advocates who joined me to express their support,” Meng tweeted on Saturday.
Meanwhile the bill cited as Diwali Day Act would designate Diwali as the 12th official federal holiday in the US.
After introducing the bill in the House of Representatives, Grace Meng said on a virtual conference,
“ Diwali is one of the most important days of the year for billions of people across the globe and for countless families and communities in Queens, New York and the United States.”
She further made efforts to make Diwali a school holiday in New York City, her home town . The US representative continues to advocate for state and local recognition of Diwali, Lunar New Year and Eid.
In April, the US state of Pennsylvania declared as a state holiday.
The state House passed a bill recognizing the Hindu festival as an official holiday. Two senators from Pennsylvania, Greg Rothman and Nikki Saval introduced the bill to recognize Diwali as a state holiday in February of this year. More than 600,000 Asian Americans call Pennsylvania home with Indian Americans constituting the biggest sub group according to India American Impact.
Every year almost 200,000 celebrate Diwali in Splendor.
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