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Introduced in House (10/14/2011)


112th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. RES. 439


Recognizing the religious and historical significance of the festival of Diwali.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 14, 2011

Mr. Crowley submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs


RESOLUTION

Recognizing the religious and historical significance of the festival of Diwali.

    Whereas for millions of Indian Americans, Diwali is a time for thanksgiving and prayer for health, knowledge and peace;

    Whereas Diwali, a festival of great significance to Indian Americans, is celebrated annually by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists throughout the United States;

    Whereas Diwali is a festival of lights, during which celebrants light small oil lamps, place them around the home, and pray for health, knowledge and peace;

    Whereas celebrants of Diwali believe that the rows of lamps symbolize the light within the individual that rids the soul of the darkness of ignorance;

    Whereas Diwali falls on the last day of the last month in the lunar calendar and is celebrated as a day of thanksgiving and the beginning of the New Year for many Hindus;

    Whereas for Hindus, Diwali is a celebration of the return of god following the vanquishing of demonic forces;

    Whereas for Sikhs, Diwali is feted as the day on which the sixth founding Sikh guru, Guru Hargobind, was released from captivity by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir;

    Whereas for Jains, Diwali marks the anniversary of the attainment of Nirvana by Lord Mahavira, the last of the Tirthankaras (founders of the Jain philosophy); and

    Whereas Diwali is a celebration of great importance in Indian American communities throughout the United States: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) recognizes the historical and religious significance of Diwali;

(2) in observance of Diwali, the festival of lights, expresses its deepest respect for Indian Americans and the Indian Diaspora throughout the world on this significant occasion;

(3) recognizes and appreciates the religious diversity in both India and the United States and throughout the world; and

(4) acknowledges and supports the relationship of collaboration and respect between the United States and India.