Before the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi US has taken a big step. A bill has been introduced in the US Congress (Parliament) to declare a federal holiday on the occasion of Diwali in the US. American woman Congresswoman Grace Meng introduced the Diwali Day Bill in the House of Representatives on Friday. His move has been welcomed by various communities across the country. If the Diwali Bill is passed by the Congress, it will become a law after the assent of the President and there will be a public holiday on the occasion of Diwali.
What Congresswoman Grace Meng said ?
A move by a prominent American lawmaker has been welcomed by different communities from across the country Congresswoman Grace Meng told reporters during a virtual news conference, ” Diwali is one of the most important days of the year for billions of people across the globe, and for countless families and communities in Queens, New York, and the United States.
The Diwali Day Act, when passed by the Congress and signed into law by the President, would make the festival of lights the 12th federally recognised holiday in the United States.
Establishing a federal holiday for Diwali, and the day off it would provide, would allow families and friends to celebrate together, and demonstrate that the government values the diverse cultural makeup of the nation, the Congresswoman said.
PM Modi to start US tour on June 21
Prime Minister Modi will visit USA next month. PM Modi will be on an official visit to the US from June 21-24. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden and his wife will also host a diplomatic dinner at the White House on June 22 in honor of PM Modi. PM Modi will stay at a hotel in Washington DC, where the Indian community will organize several cultural programs. On June 22, PM Modi will be welcomed at the White House by giving him a 21-gun salute.