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Capitol Hill lights up for Diwali festival

Washington: The first ever Diwali festival was celebrated at the U.S. Congress on Tuesday amidst chanting of Vedic mantras by a Hindu priest.Over two dozen influential lawmakers along with eminent Indian-Americans gathered at the Capitol

PTI [ Updated: October 30, 2013 13:18 IST ]
capitol hill lights up for diwali festival
capitol hill lights up for diwali festival

Washington: The first ever Diwali festival was celebrated at the U.S. Congress on Tuesday amidst chanting of Vedic mantras by a Hindu priest.






Over two dozen influential lawmakers along with eminent Indian-Americans gathered at the Capitol Hill to lit the traditional “diyas”.

The event — the first of its kind event at the Capitol Hill — was organised by the two Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, Congressmen Joe Crowley and Peter Roskam in recognition of increasing presence of the Indian-American community.

The occasion was also used to highlight significance of India-US relationship.

“I have come here to say Happy Diwali,” said Nancy Pelosi, Leader of the Democratic Party in the House of Representatives.

“United States owes a great debt of gratitude to India.

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