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Diwali Shines Bright as Pennsylvania Recognizes Hindu Festival Of Light as National Holiday

  • Posted on April 27, 2023
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Pennsylvania Celebrates Diversity by Recognizing Diwali as an Official Holiday

Diwali: The Festival of Light Receives Official Status as a National Holiday in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has sparked a dazzling celebration by recognizing Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, as a national holiday. The move comes after Senators Greg Rothman and Nikil Saval introduced a bill earlier this year to recognize the festival's significance, and the Senate voted unanimously to make it an official holiday.


Diwali Enshrined as Official State Holiday in Pennsylvania with Unanimous Senate Vote
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Diwali Enshrined as Official State Holiday in Pennsylvania with Unanimous Senate Vote

With nearly 200,000 residents participating in Diwali festivities, Senator Saval took to Twitter to announce that the Senate had voted unanimously to recognize the holiday as an official state holiday. The festive occasion provides an opportunity for introspection and togetherness as it commemorates the perpetual triumph of brightness over obscurity, rekindling a sense of direction and camaraderie.

Pennsylvania Celebrates Diversity by Recognizing Diwali as an Official Holiday

Senator Rothman said that recognizing Diwali as a holiday was a way to celebrate Pennsylvania's rich cultural diversity, adding that many residents of the 34th Senatorial District celebrate the festival each year.

Diwali, the festival of light and connection, is celebrated at temples, houses of worship, and community centers across Pennsylvania, according to Senator Saval. While the date varies from year to year, this year, the holiday will be observed on November 12th.


Diwali Enshrined as Official State Holiday in Pennsylvania with Unanimous Senate Vote
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Hope Shines Bright: Pennsylvania Honors Diwali's Cultural Significance as National Holiday

Although the bill does not mandate school or government closures, it serves as an official recognition of the holiday's cultural significance. Pennsylvania's recognition of Diwali as a national holiday is a shining symbol of the state's commitment to diversity and offers a beacon of hope in uncertain times.

The Diwali celebration takes center stage in Pennsylvania with new recognition as a national holiday

In essence, Pennsylvania's recognition of Diwali as a national holiday is a glowing tribute to the state's diverse cultural fabric. The holiday's spirit of renewed purpose and connection resonates with the state's growing South Asian community and offers a beacon of light in uncertain times.


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