Source: Hindu American Foundation
WASHINGTON, DC (November 15, 2007). Senate Resolution 299, recognizing the “religious and historical significance of the festival of Diwali,” passed unanimously on November 14, 2007 in the U.S. Senate. Nearly identical to the House Resolution 747 that passed in the full House of Representatives on October 29, 2007, the senate resolution was introduced by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and was co-sponsored by Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Carl Levin (D-MI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Robert Casey (D-PA). Both resolutions were written with the input of the Hindu American Foundation (HAF), and recognized Diwali as a festival celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. The text explains the meaning of the festival, how it is celebrated and describes its religious significance.