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Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: March 7, 2023 10:05 AM
From: Representative Arvind Venkat and Rep. Sheryl M. Delozier, Rep. Tim Brennan, Rep. Patty Kim
To: All House members
Subject: Designating Diwali as a State Holiday
Diwali, observed by over one billion people worldwide, is an important holiday for Hindus and celebrated in India, other areas of South Asia, and by the South Asian diaspora.  It is a celebration of the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. This festival of lights features prayers, feasts, fireworks, family gatherings, and charitable giving. In 2023, Diwali will begin on November 12.
Pennsylvanians of South Asian descent and all who celebrate Diwali deserve to have this vibrant holiday recognized. For this reason, we plan on introducing legislation that will designate Diwali as a state holiday.
Pennsylvania is becoming more diverse, and our state holidays should reflect the vibrancy of the many cultures that call this state home. We hope you join us in cosponsoring this legislation that celebrates Pennsylvania’s rich and diverse cultural traditions.

Introduced as HB436