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Michigan Reps. propose state holidays for Diwali, Vaisakhi

Michigan democrats' Holiday Bill Package seeks to declare Diwali, Vaisakhi, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha and Lunar New Year as official holidays in the state.

(L to R) Michigan House Representatives Ranjeev Puri (D-Canton), Abraham Aiyash (D-Hamtramck) and Sharon MacDonell (D-Troy)

Three Michigan House Representatives including an Indian American have introduced a set of bills to establish festivals of minority faiths as official state-recognized holidays. Ranjeev Puri (D-Canton), Abraham Aiyash (D-Hamtramck) and Sharon MacDonell (D-Troy) introduced the legislation to mark Diwali, Vaisakhi, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha and Lunar New Year as official holidays in Michigan.

The Indian-American legislator Puri introduced House Bills 4446 and 4449  to establish  Diwali and Vaisakhi respectively as state holidays,  Aiyash introduced House Bill 4447 to mark Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr as state holidays and MacDonell House Bill 4448, which establishes Lunar New Year as a state holiday, a press release noted.

Commenting on the significance of the Holiday Bill, Puri said, “Celebrating our cultural diversity is a cornerstone of a vibrant and inclusive society. By recognizing these holidays, we are not only showing our respect and appreciation for the traditions and beliefs of our fellow Michiganders, but we are also sending a powerful message of inclusion and unity.”

“Making these holidays official state holidays will let Michigan’s many communities know that they have a place in our great state and deserve to celebrate their joyous occasions like everyone else,” Majority Floor Leader Abraham Aiyash emphasized.

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