Pennsylvania Recognizes Diwali as an Official State Holiday

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The United States state of Pennsylvania officially recognized the Hindu festival of Diwali as a state holiday.

An Overview of the News

  • State Senators Greg Rothman and Nikil Saval introduced legislation to make Diwali a state holiday in February this year.

  • The bill was passed unanimously by the Senate. According to My Twin Tears, there are approximately 200,000 South Asian residents in Pennsylvania, many of whom celebrate Diwali as a time to gather and reflect.


  • It is a state located in the northeastern region of the United States of America.

  • It is one of the original 13 colonies that declared independence from Great Britain and became a kingdom on December 12, 1787.

  • The state's capital is Harrisburg, and its largest city is Philadelphia, which is known as the birthplace of the United States of America.

  • Pennsylvania is bordered by six other states, including New York to the north, New Jersey to the east, Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, and Lake Erie to the northwest.

  • The state has a diverse geography, including the Appalachian Mountains in the central and eastern parts of the state, the Allegheny Plateau in the western part of the state, and a coastal plain in the southeastern part of the state.

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