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Introduced in House (10/14/2011)

1st Session
H. RES. 439

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


October 14, 2011

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


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.