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H.R. 5904: Deepãvali Day Act

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About the bill

More than 1 billion people celebrate Diwali worldwide.

Context and what the bill does

Diwali is a five-day festival representing the new year in the Hindu calendar. Its exact date on the American calendar changes each year, but it comes on the 15th day of Kãrtika on the Hindu calendar. In 2021 that meant November 4, then October 24 and November 12 the next two years.

A new bill would establish Diwali as a federal holiday, with the exact date changing each year depending on the lunar calendar. It would become the 12th annual federal holiday, with the 11th, Juneteenth, having been established this past summer.

The bill was introduced in the House as H.R. 5904, by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY12). She represents a …

Sponsor and status

Carolyn Maloney

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 12th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Nov 5, 2021
Length: 3 pages
Nov 5, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Nov 5, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on November 5, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Other activity may have occurred on another bill with identical or similar provisions.


26 Cosponsors (26 Democrats)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Nov 5, 2021

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H.R. 5904 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5904. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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