-- Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans, introduced H.R. 439, a resolution to recognize Diwali, which marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. This resolution underscores the respect Congress holds for the Indian-American community, as well as celebrates the strong and growing partnership between India and the U.S.
"I am proud to introduce a resolution in celebration of Diwali, a holiday of great significance to millions of Indian-Americans and Indians around the world," said Rep. Crowley. "As the representative of one of the largest Indian-American communities in the U.S., it is an honor to celebrate Diwali with my constituents, as well as those of Indian descent around the world."
Known as the festival of lights, Diwali is a time for thanksgiving and prayer for health, knowledge and peace. The holiday marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year and is also celebrated widely by Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains. Diwali falls on the last day of the last month in the lunar calendar. This year, Diwali will be observed on Wednesday, October 26.