Webber resolution honors Diwali celebrations

Webber resolution honors Diwali celebrations

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday adopted Sen. Michael Webber’s resolution to recognize the historic, cultural, and religious significance of the festival of Diwali, which begins this year on Nov. 12.

“Diwali’s message of tolerance, compassion, and acceptance resonates with the ideals of the American spirit,” said Webber, R-Rochester Hills. “It was an honor to help recognize this wonderful festival in the Michigan Senate as so many of our neighbors prepare to celebrate Diwali in their homes.”

Webber was joined by members of Metro Detroit’s Indian community who visited the state Capitol for the special recognition. Senate Resolution 79 was adopted unanimously by a voice vote.

Diwali is a five-day festival celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists — totaling more than one billion people around the world. The festival is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika.

A shortened version of a Sanskrit word meaning “row of lamps,” Diwali is often translated into English as “festival of lights.” It is a time marked by qualities of togetherness, family, community, charitable giving and selfless service.

“This wonderful reminder that light triumphs over darkness — that good triumphs over evil — is a theme celebrated within many of our individual faith traditions,” Webber said. “Hope is something we all share. Hope is a force of universal good.”

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