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Diwali to be celebrated with fireworks in America

Updated: February 9, 2023 3:33 pm

Diwali was celebrated for the first time in the year 2002 in the White House of America. But fireworks were not allowed. Now the Utah Senate lawmakers in the US have unanimously passed a bill to allow fireworks on Diwali. The bill was introduced by Senator Lincoln Fillmore from South Jordan. ABC 4 gave this information. The Bill seeks to allow fireworks for five days during Diwali.

Here it is worth mentioning that in India, celebrating Diwali with fireworks is banned. It is an irony that India is the country where Hindus celebrate Diwali to welcome the return of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshman from 14-year Vanvas to Ayodhya. But here Hindus cannot celebrate Diwali with fireworks, as the secular brigade maintains that celebrating Diwali with fireworks will increase pollution. But this brigade does not have answers to rising pollution in the Yamuna, increasing air pollution due to burning of paddy stubble, increasing air pollution because of rising number of petrol and diesel vehicles, slaughtering of animals on Bakr Id, leading to pollution. This selective approach is not good for the country.

However, we come back to the issue of fireworks on Diwali in the US. Senator Lincoln Fillmore said that one of his constituents in Herriman contacted him and gave him his idea regarding the bill, which needs just one more vote before going to the House of Representatives. Senator Fillmore said, “I appreciate Utah’s Indian community. Their collaborative efforts to organize events to engage neighbouring communities, as well as their efforts to increase education about Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism, have helped create a better understanding in our state.

It is noteworthy that Diwali was first celebrated at the White House in 2002 and in 2007 the US government gave official recognition to the festival. In 2021, the Diwali Day Act was introduced in the US to declare the festival a federal holiday.

Posted By Uday India

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