House panel approves resolution commemorating Diwali

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Washington, Oct 24 (UNI) Showing support to Indian Americans and the Indian diaspora throughout the world, a US House of Representatives panel has approved a resolution commemorating Diwali.

The resolution, ''Recognizing the religious and historical significance of the festival of Diwali'', sponsored by Congressmen recognised Diwali as an important festival.

It would go before the full House of Representatives for a vote later this week.

The festival of lights, marked the beginning of the Hindu New Year, and was also celebrated widely among Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains.

The resolution acknowledged the international, religious and historical importance of the festival and appreciated the religious diversity in both India and the United States.

It supported the new relationship of collaboration and dialogue in international efforts between the two countries.

Congressman Joseph Crowley, who represents a large number of South Asians and Indians in Queens, New York, said, ''Every year, Diwali is marked by millions in the United States and billions throughout the world. Representing one of the largest Indian American communities, I take pride in observing Diwali with my constituents annually.

The legislation would receive full consideration in the House of Representatives.


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